Intimate stories, challenging histories

Guest blogger: Elisabeth Gondwe - President Oral History Queensland.

Oral History Queensland (OHQ) delivered the Oral History Australian (OHA) Biennial Conference in partnership with State Library of Queensland in October 2019. The program included keynote Katrina Srigley, Gaa Bi Kidwaad Maa Nbisiing/The Stories of Nbisiing: Relational story listening and storytelling on Nbisiing Nishnaabeg territory. Access more about the conference wrap-up at Oral History Australia (OHA).

A forum explored Oral histories in the future with presentations by Geert Vermiere of Milena Principle - podcaster, academic and journalist; Siobhan McHugh; Sarah Rood - Way Back When.

Hamish Sewell of Soundtrails and panellists Lorina Barker, Kerry Charlton, Sadie Heckenberg and Katrina Srigley explored Indigenous Oral History: the challenges and opportunities.

Delegates participated in a day tour to Logan City and surrounds to experience an interpretation of colonial history and the landscape of the Eagleby Wetlands, Tamborine and Veresdale Hotel regions. The tour was made possible by a Regional Arts Development Fund grant and partnership between State Government and Logan City Council supporting local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

The same compass applied to the Waterford Tamborine Road . Image - courtesy of Greg Manning, 2019.

By developing an Oral History compass as a story telling tool, concept artist Greg Manning identified 16 points on the compass based on the themes and questions Sir Joseph Banks was asked, subsequent to his voyage with James Cook on the Endeavour in 1770. (Public Records Office London. Home Office 107/1 “A Second Report form the Committee of Enquiry into Transportation”. 10 May 1785.) Image - Banks compass courtesy of Greg Manning 2019.

The same compass applied to the Waterford Tamborine Road . Image - courtesy of Greg Manning, 2019.

The words Greg symbolically placed on the compass above were designed to activate discussion about local place names and to explore their relationships.

Postcard North Stradbroke Island, Collection North Stradbroke Island Museum.

Other delegates visited Djarranggaree on Minjerribah / North Stradbroke Island, sightseeing and attending a presentation talk at North Stradbroke Island Museum.

Oral History Queensland (OHQ); Oral History Australia (OHA)

2019 Biennial conference - Intimate Stories, challenging histories

Elisabeth Gondwe, President Oral History Queensland


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