Vietnam Veteran’s New Book

Gary McKay was the first Australian solder to write an autobiography on his time serving in the Vietnam War, eventually turning his career to preserving military history. This Australia Day he is being honoured for his contribution to the nation’s veterans and our history by receiving a Medal of the Order of Australia. Read full article here.

Oral History used for Historical Fiction

“Ami Polonsky’s newest book for young readers, World Made of Glass, is set in 1987 and features Iris, a 12-year-old facing her father’s death from AIDS. In an era when the president hadn’t uttered the word “AIDS,” Iris copes with her grief and anger at losing her father and the discrimination he and his friends face, and finds solace by getting involved with ACT UP, the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power.” Read full article here and see the interviews here.

Monash Scholar at Columbia University

“New York City is a long way from Wiradjuri Country but that hasn’t stopped filmmaker Bronte Gosper from remembering what her identity means to her. A Monash scholar, Gosper landed in New York City to complete an oral history Masters at Columbia University. As part of her masters, she’s making a documentary recording the histories of Aboriginal activism in Australia. The Wiradjuri woman said she wanted to make this documentary after she noticed the lack of stories being told from the point of view of Aboriginal women. “I wanted to record the histories and stories of Indigenous female activists who’ve worked to empower their communities, particularly in the years fro1980 to 2005,” she said.” See full story here.

2022 Podcast Winners

An Australian history podcast, The Last Outlaws, took home the top award for Podcast Of The Year giving listeners a memorable audio experience. The prize was received by Leyroy Parsons, who is a descendant of Jimmy Governor, podcast narrator and co-writer. The podcast focuses on painting the portrait of two Aboriginal men, as well as an exploration of the society that would become Australia – the painful history of stolen ancestral remains. 
Osher Günsberg presented the award, saying “the podcast skilfully blends both archival research and oral history into an enthralling narrative, with exquisite sound design, beautifully visual moments, and careful scripting all for a very important story.” See full story here.

Meeting 26 November 2022

We plan to have a meeting on 26 November at the Queensland Spinners, Weavers & Fibre Artists hall at 12 Payne Street, Auchenflower.  Beginning at 10.00 am, this will be a special “end of year” meeting which will include a general meeting, followed by a Q&A/Peer Support/informal discussion.  We hope many of you will come along to celebrate the end of the year.  For those who cannot come in person, we will have Zoom available.

Please let me know ([email protected]) before 21 November whether or not you will be attending, either in person or by Zoom.  We will have a catered morning tea and lunch.
Suzanne Mulligan
Oral History Queensland