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      Hazel de Berg Award

      Hazel de Berg Award for Excellence in Oral History.

      Criteria and nomination form.

      Nominations must be received by 5 pm on Friday 24 July 2009

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      OHAA National Biennial Conference

      National Biennial Conference
      Launceston, Tasmania,
      17-20 September 2009
      Contact Jill Cassidy, Tas Branch President
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      What is the OHAA?
         
           

      The OHAA was formed in 1978. There are branches in each state.

      The objectives of the Oral History Association of Australia are:

      • to promote the practice and methods of oral history
      • to educate in the use of oral history methods
      • to encourage discussions on all aspects of oral history
      • to foster the preservation of oral history records

      State and National conferences are held which include discussions about oral history projects and issues such as ethics and copyright. National conferences have included international speakers.

      Most state branches hold regular meeting for similar purposes

      Branches encourage members to lodge their work with libraries and archives for preservation and the benefit of other researchers.

      Some branches provide recording and transcribing equipment either free or at very low rates to members, or can recommend institutions which do.

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      What is oral history?
         
           
      • Oral History is the recording of memories of people's unique life experiences. Often the only way to find out about the past is to ask someone who knows about it.
      • Oral history creates a record or supplements existing ones. Through oral history the past comes alive. People can be much more interesting than documents.
      • Oral history preserves the past for now and for the future.
        The recording of oral history is a two-way process in which someone shares memories with an interviewer who has carefully planned an interview.
      • Oral history preserves voices, accents and vocabularies of individuals interviewed.
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      How may oral history be used?
         
           
      • for the life histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other groups who may be poorly represented in written sources
      • to trace the history of a local community
      • for family history
      • to encourage children to treat people as living history books, at the same time increasing understanding between generations
      • for research purposes in tertiary education studies
      • in corporate and institutional histories
      • in museums to enliven displays
      • in publications to capture reader's imaginations
      • in radio, television and plays to promote authentic voices of the past
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