Australians tell their stories

Historians gather the big stories, as if viewed from above.  Old people tell the little stories from down below, the ones that fill the gaps in surprising and intimate ways. Who but someone who had experienced the moment could recall with such clarity when a world war ended and the bells began ringing and there was nothing but a borrowed bike and a long rural road to be battled until the proper celebrating could begin? Read more of this excellent article about the value of oral history here.

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