Oral history

Daylesford Stories is an oral history project that explores ideas of community, identity and belonging. It focuses on the rural Victorian town of Daylesford and surrounds, an area that has become a place of meaning and significance for those who identify as part of the LGBTIQ community.

Along with Way Back When Historians, I was lucky enough to carry out oral history interviews as part of the project, which was supported by Culture Victoria. My colleagues turned those interviews into online content, listen to Max’s story, Tulku’s story and Pat’s story.

In this oral history interview, legendary lesbian feminist, writer and trailblazer, Joan Nestle speaks about her formative years. Growing up in a working class, Jewish home in New York, she quickly discovered the city’s butch lesbian bar scene, and went on to become involved in the civil rights campaign, gay liberation and feminism.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Joan Nestle in February 2016 at her Melbourne home, and producing the interview for broadcast on 3CR Radio’s Women on the Line and the national community radio network. Listen here.

Our Shire our stories

A celebration of Heritage in the Coolamon Shire

An oral history project driven by local residents in the Coolamon Shire, near Wagga Wagga NSW.

In 2019 I trained eight local volunteer interviewers in oral history methods, and mentored them as they conducted interviews in their home towns. With 32 interviews completed, I then produced 12 short audio features, which were played from restored old radios in an exhibition held at Coolamon’s heritage building. Read more about the project and listen here.

The Australia Calls exhibition examines the impact of World War I by exploring the stories of families and individuals in the Box Hill area, Melbourne. Working on the project with Way Back When Historians, I carried out oral history interviews with descendants of servicemen, and produced four short audio documentaries that delve into experiences on the battle front, and challenges families faced in the postwar period. Listen here.

Australian Generations 

Australian Generations is a national oral history project that recorded 300 life history interviews with Australians from all walks of life. I carried out about 30 of those interviews, and explored themes including love, grief, mental health, gender roles, sexuality, education, place and mobility, class and social movements. Led by Monash University in partnership with the National Library of Australia , La Trobe University, and ABC Radio National. Listen to a few of my interviews with Kim Bear, Russell Elliott, and Angeliki Puckey,