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Australian Generations Oral History Project
Thursday 23 June 2011
The Society's former president Peter Cahalan would like to alert members to the Australian Generations Oral History Project.
Peter says: "Some of our members might be interested in being interviewed as part of a massive Australian oral history program. This is a chance for our kind of stories to be recorded for the ABC – and posterity. Politically, I think it would be good to get one or more CFSers interviewed on it and then perhaps played on the ABC. And it could be therapeutic for some people to get to be interviewed."
Generational difference is one of the major issues of our time. Game shows like Talkin’ ‘bout Your Generation assume that Baby Boomers, Gen X and Gen Y contestants have very different attitudes and knowledge.
But consider the question ‘What does family mean to you?’ Because of dramatic social, technical and environmental changes in the past century, the experience of family may be very different for people born in 1938, 1958 or 1988.
This project will examine the formation and significance of Australian generations.
About the project
Australian Generations will pioneer new ways of creating, interpreting and presenting oral history. Life history interviews with 300 Australians born between 1920 and 1990 will create a digital audio archive of 1500 hours of recordings which will be hosted by the National Library of Australia. Future researchers will benefit from online access to an immensely rich national oral history collection.The project will also produce two books and one of Australia's most ambitious radio history series.
Funded by an Australian Research Council Linkage award (‘Australian Generations: Life Histories, Generational Change and Australian Memory’), this project is a partnership between historians from Monash and La Trobe universities, the National Library of Australia and ABC Radio National.
Australian Generations Oral History Project Seeks Participants
AUSTRALIAN GENERATIONS ORAL HISTORY PROJECT is currently seeking participants across Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.
In a new national project, historians at Monash (Professor Al Thomson, Associate Professor Christina Twomey and Dr Seamus O’Hanlon) and La Trobe Universities, in partnership with ABC Radio National and the National Library of Australia, are collecting life story interviews with generations of Australians born from the 1920s to the 1980s.
We are interested in the life stories of all Australians – rural and urban, male and female, the recently arrived and people whose families have lived in Australia for generations.
People can register their interest in participating by going to www.arts.monash.edu.au/australian-generations and clicking on the orange headphones. Or call Kate on 03 9905 2206.
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