Welcome to the West Australian branch of the Oral History Association of Australia.

What is oral history?

Oral history is a means of finding out about the past by asking questions of people who have lived through a period, event, or an experience of interest. It is usually a sound recording of an interview with a person who has knowledge of the past and can share their personal…

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Why use oral history?

Oral history preserves the past in a unique way. Although initially used to record the memories of influential people, it soon became a technique for recording the experiences of ordinary people, particularly those whose voices had previously been ignored or…

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How can oral history be used?

The OHAA encourages oral historians to deposit their tapes into a state, local or national repository where they can be made available to other researchers. There are many ways in which oral history can be used. Some are: Quotations and information…

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Guidelines of Ethical Practice

The Association is concerned that due regard be given to ethical practices, and strongly advises that the following guidelines be followed by anyone involved in oral history. These guidelines describe ethical practice only. Information about…

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Membership

If you would like to become an OHAA WA Member, simply download and complete the form here. OHAA WA Membership-Form [PDF] OHAA WA Membership Form [Word]   Our Institutional Members Bassendean Local Studies Collection Birtwistle…

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Grant Scheme

Apply for a grant for assistance with a project.

Workshops

The Introductory course on setting up an oral history project

Equipment

Information on equipment available for hire from OHAA.