Registry of Practising Oral Historians


BLAKE, Kevin Gaal (Joe)
65 Warlingham Drive, Lesmurdie WA 6076
H. 08 9291 5000

  • Expertise: Transcribing
  • Occupation: Court reporter/WPO (1980-present)
  • Qualifications: Diploma of Teaching Word Processing (1996)
  • Experience: Transcribed interviews for Subiaco Historical Society, 1981-1984.
  • High-speed audio transcription since 1990. 30+ years’ experience of recording. Have own conference recording facility. Do not do interviewing. Digital or analogue recording.
  • Special Interest:Medieval/Dark Ages, Battle Re-enactment Group (Grey Company – Viking) 21 years
  • Rate Charged: In line with OHAA rates, but may negotiate.

LYNCH, Jenna
PO Box 2095
Warwick, WA 6024
M. 0459510510

  • Expertise: Transcriber
  • Occupation: Assistant History Librarian, City of Perth.
  • Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts (History) UWA, Certificate IV Training & Assessment, Certificate IV Project Management.
  • Experience: Seven years working in Local Government Local History collections, Interviewing, transcribing and indexing for City of Perth History Centre collection.
  • Special Interest: Western Australian History, Social History, Domestic Animal  History.
  • Rate Charged: Negotiable in line with OHAA guidelines


  • Jan McCahon Marshall, History Librarian, 9461 3598, City of Perth History Centre Oral History Collection. 
  • Heather Campbell, Oral Historian, 9336 1531, Land Titles Office and Treasury Precinct Oral History Project.

15a Leontes Way
Coolbellup, WA 6163
M. 0422914164

  • Expertise: Transcriber/ Sound Editing
  • Qualifications: Masters in Library Studies and Information Management, Curtin University, WA, BA in English and History, Murdoch University WA.
  • Experience: Seven years experience working in Local Government Local History and NGO not-for-profit Libraries as Historian, Oral History Interviewer, Transcriber and Indexer, including special projects with The Good Shepherd Sisters WA,  Alliance  Francaise and Whadjuk Noongar Stolen Generation.
  • Special Interest: Australian History, Indigenous History, Genealogy, Migrant, Migrant experience, Radio and Theatre.
  • Rate Charged: Highly competitive in line with OHAA guidelines, special Oral History packages available, please see my website:  

SMITH, Laurel
12/10 Victoria Street, SOUTH PERTH WA 6151
H. 9367 8906

  • Expertise: Transcribing
  • Occupation: Transcriber
  • Qualifications:
  • Experience: Six years experience transcribing for aboriginal land councils, public libraries, private researchers and historical societies.
  • Rate Charged: Transcribing: As per fee guideline February 2008


AYRE, Doug
History Development Pty Ltd (ABN 26 110 157 803)
PO Box 126, North Beach WA 6920 or
PO Box 1001 Toodyay, WA 6566.
Mobile 0409 205 130.
Home 08 9307 9312.

  • Expertise: Broad experience working with volunteers, voluntary organisations, Army Reserve and public sector bodies.
  • Occupation: Semi retired professional engineer.
  • Qualifications: BA (Honours in History), B.Sc (Honours in Electrical Engineering), B.Business, FIEAust, CPEng.
  • Experience: Extensive experience as a professional engineer and manager. Experience with oral history interviewing, transcription and preparation of documentation and recordings. Transcription service available for oral historians by experienced transcript typist.
  • Rate Charged: On request. Competitive and negotiable. All projects either large or small welcome.

3 Baleen Court,
H. 9529 3386
M. 043 145 0203

  • Expertise:   Interviewing, Research, Writing
  • Occupation: Historian
  • Qualifications: PhD (History) (Murdoch), BA (Hons) (History) (Murdoch), BA (History/Politics) (Murdoch)
  • Experience: Extensive interviewing for PhD topic. Contract research work at Murdoch University. DPC/IPAA Oral History Project. Parliamentary Oral History Project, Law Society O/H project, Murdoch University O/H project, various community history O/H projects
  • Special Interest: Australian/European history/politics. Aboriginal history/culture. Environmental history/activism
  • Rate Charged: Research and interview negotiable

Unit 45, 80 Mooro Drive,
H. 9385 0907
M: 0437 173 363

  • Expertise: Interviewing, Research, Transcribing
  • Occupation: Oral History Consultant/writer/former teacher of history and English
  • Qualifications: BA, (major in history) Dip. Ed., CTEFL
  • Experience: Interviewer for Federal Parliamentary Library’s Bicentennial publications projects from 1982-1992.
  • Private Contracts including: John Curtin Ministerial Library, Perth Modern School History, W.A. Parliament history.
  • Becoming Boddington commissioned by Boddington Shire Council, 1992.
  • Senior Master History specialised in a fieldwork approach to teaching history 1974-1980.
  • Foundation member OHAA, served on W.A. Branch Committee 1978-1996.
  • Rate Charged: Interviewing, Research and Transcribing: As per fee guideline February 2008


  1. Prof. David Black, (08) 9222 7484, W.A. Parliamentary History Project
  2. Ms Lesley Wallace (Librarian), (08) 9266 4206, Vice Chancellor Interviews
  3. Mr Stan Sherry, (08) 9883 8221, Boddington History

19 Kinnimont Avenue,
H. 9386 2759

  • Expertise: Interviewing, Research, Writing
  • Occupation: Historian
  • Qualifications: BA Hons (History) UWA
  • Experience: 19 years experience in oral history interviewing for various University and Battye Library Projects. Family history interviews. Social history.
  • Special Interest: Health History, Occupational History, Women’s history.
  • Rate Charged: Interviewing and research: As per fee guideline February 2008

14 Austin Street,
H. 9381 9558

  • Expertise: Interviewing, Research, Transcribing
  • Occupation: Retired
  • Qualifications: TPTC (Trained Primary Teachers Certificate) Burwood, Vic.
  • BA (Hons) (Honours History) UWA, Graduate Diploma of Arts in Language Studies
  • Experience: I have only just begun interviewing people for my research into military history
  • I interviewed about five ex-wharfies in 1974 for my history honours thesis
  • Special Interest
  • Rate Charged: Interviewing, Research and Transcribing: As per Fee Guideline February 2008

LANE, Malcolm
Recording our Stories
23 Lagonda Drive, Gwelup WA 6018.
Mobile: 0424 682 837.
Home: 08 9244 4237.

  • Qualifications: Bachelor of Town Planning Hons (UNSW), Graduate Diploma Urban Estate Management (UTS), Diploma in History UWA (current student).
  • Experience: Experienced in recording family histories, professional careers and histories of sporting and community groups. Former Town Planner with over 30 years experience  interviewing community groups, businesses and residents.
  • Professional Heritage Experience: Burra Charter trained in the preparation of Conservation Plans, Prepared Asset Management Plans for Heritage properties, National Trust Award for co-ordination of NSW Government and Sydney University in the relocation of Sydney College of the Arts into the Historic Kirkbride Buildings on Sydney Harbour. Extensive Local Government experience in New South Wales and Western Australia.
  • Rate Charged: Highly Competitive.


MANN, Wilma

PO Box 79
Mob: 0408902619

  • Expertise: Interviewing & Research
  • Occupation: Historian (Researcher &  Writer)
  • Qualifications: BA (Hons), Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary School).
  • Experience: 25 years of experience  as a historical researcher & writer. More than 15 years of experience  as an oral historian.
  • Published Title: Harnessing Voices: a people’s history of the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale/ by Wilma Mann (2001)
  • Special Interest: memoir, community histories, biography, local history.


  • Dr Sheila Twine, 0417357352, Harnessing Voices (Centenary Project, Shire of Serpentine -Jarrahdale).
  •  Centre of West Australian History – Lucy Hair, 08 6488 2143, Australian Dental Association Oral History Project (c.2006)
  • Country Women’s Association of Western Australia, Tup Biggs, 08 9525 2016. Archival Set-Up and Oral History Project (c.2003). More recent projects been Biographies ( 2 year projects) – (1) Minderoo (unpublished manuscript) (2) The Resilient  Mr Pau (currently being edited).

ROBERTS, Rosemary
 108 Heytesbury Rd,
Mobile: 0428 122 439

  • Expertise: Interviewing & Research
  • Occupation: Oral Historian, Heritage Educator, Freelance Education Writer and Museum Volunteer.
  • Qualifications:  Grad Dip in Cultural Heritage Studies, B. Education, Dip of Teaching & Certificate in Museum Studies.
  • Experience: Variety of experience in oral history researching and interviewing for WA Maritime Museum, Scout Heritage Centre, Freshwater Bay Museum, Subiaco Museum and for private individuals/families. Over 25 years experience as an educator (in schools and for heritage organisations). Six years experience as a freelance writer for The West Australian newspaper.

References: A full resume with up to date references can be provided.
Rate Charged: Research and interviewing negotiable. All projects welcome big or small.

WALLIS, Julia K.
27 Shenton Road,
Home/Work: 9384 6767

  • Expertise: Interviewing, Research, Transcribing
  • Occupation: Historian (Research, Writing, Oral History Interviewing & Transcribing)
  • Qualifications: Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Heritage Studies, Research Institute of Cultural Heritage, Curtin University of Technology (2002).
  • BA Hons (Major in History), University of Western Australia (2000).
  • Over 13 years’ experience in oral history projects. Over 20 years’ secretarial experience.

References: A full resume with up to date references can be provided.
Rate Charged: As per OHAA(WA) and PHA(WA) Guidelines (all Rates are negotiable)



  • Dr Bobbie Oliver, 9266 3215, Westrail Midland Workshops Project
  • Mrs Robin Chinnery, Historian, 9386 5178, Yarloop Community History Project
  • Dr Jean Chetkovich, 6488 2143, Southern Cross Care (WA) Inc


M: 0418 916 795

  • Expertise: Interviewing, writing, researching
  • Occupation: Oral Historian
  • Qualifications: BA (Social Science) Curtin University, Grad Dip Journalism, Dip Applied Science (Photography).
  • Experience: Extensive interviewing for local government, Parliamentary History Project, UWA Historical Society, social history, special projects.
  • Special Interest: National identity, migrant experience, women’s history, trade union movement, politics, conservation 
  • Rate Charged: Negotiable in line with OHAA guidelines

References and full resume: Available on request