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Pioneering Life in the Snowy Mountains

In Bold Horizon: High-country Place, People and Story (Rosenberg, 2018), Matthew Higgins leads us on a voyeuristic trek from Kosciuszko to Kiandra, from Brindabella to Bimberi and beyond, a journey that began with regular family visits to the snow as a seven-year-old and continues to this day with solo adventures across Australia’s rooftop.  For full story click here.

University of Newcastle Collection

The Margaret Henry Oral History Archive is a collection of audio tapes, transcripts, summaries and essays that were part of the Oral Histories Open Foundation Course (1986-1989). Margaret Henry was a history lecturer at the UON in the 1980s. The oral history tapes have been digitised by Cultural Collections, UON Library and made freely available to the wider global research community thanks to the generosity of The Vera Deacon Regional History Fund. For full story click here.

Talking about cars we had when young

Looking back to the 50s and 60s, driving requirements seemed to have been pretty casual. There were not, of course, nearly as many vehicles on the road and not nearly as many restrictions as there are today. The compulsory wearing of seat belts was not introduced until the 1970s and most of us could remember little cars packed with children who slid and tumbled and fought in the back seat.  For full story, click here.

Rosie the Riveter

For many American families, the Great Depression and Dust Bowl struck like swift punches to the gut. New Deal work relief programs like the Works Progress Administration tossed lifelines into the crushing economic waves, but many young people soon started looking farther west for more stable opportunities.  Read full article and watch video interview excerpts here.

Busselton Oral History

After nearly a year’s work, a book detailing the history of the City of Busselton through the accounts of its residents past and present has been released.  Busselton Life in Snips & Snapswas written and edited by Dr Colleen Liston with photo-editing by Heather Hill for the Busselton Oral History Group and details the past, present and personal histories of Geographe Bay.  Group president Margaret Dawson helped by providing many old photographs.  The book includes excerpts from more than 450 hours of oral history interviews that have been recorded over a 32-year period by volunteers.  For full story click here.

Hurricane Harvey

The Center for Public History at the University of Houston is engaging in a long-term oral history project called Resilient Houston: Documenting Hurricane Harvey. The project will gather first-hand narratives capturing the experiences of victims, first responders, and those working in energy and flood abatement during and after Hurricane Harvey.  For full story click here.