RECORDINGS OF ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEWS ARE A USEFUL WAY TO LEARN ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE’S LIVES.

Being interviewed for an oral history recording is a worthwhile activity to undertake. It assists others to learn about your work life or family history.

For some people being interviewed, it’s the first time they’ve shared information about themselves with strangers. It can be a little confronting to talk about family, friends, colleagues or associates. This is especially the case when we don’t know who will listen to the recordings.

However, the recording opportunity provides an interviewee with a chance to review, reminisce, and celebrate their life and achievements.  This is an important milestone in their life.

Recordings of oral history interviews

The audio recordings are uploaded onto the National Library of Australia website’s catalogue for immediate use.

On this webpage is a list of 11 interviews which I conducted between 2014 and 2015. The recordings were undertaken for the National Library of Australia (NLA) in conjunction with Geoscience Australia.

The interviews were completed as part of the History of Australian geoscience oral history project 2014-2020. They are audio [spoken word] interviews which are online via the NLA’s website catalogue. They may be downloaded and listened to for free.

The average length of interview is about five (5) hours. In addition, on the NLA’s website, some interviews have a brief text-based synopsis outlining the interview’s content.

Information about the recordings

Some interviews are listed however they do not have the audio or text-based synopsis available for immediate access. The reason is that certain rights outlined by the interviewee are being respected.

For example, several interviewees have signed non-release forms which means their interviews may be accessed with written permission from the interviewee. 

Further, some interviewees only want their interviews heard after their death. Moreover, others ask that their interviews are reserved until further notice.

The NLA’s Oral History Section is the contact point for information on those particular oral history interviews. See www.nla.gov.au for further information.

List of six recordings in 2014

Listed in this section are details of the six interviews completed by me as part of the History of Australian geoscience oral history project recordings in 2014.

  1. NLA Digital Collection:

Roye Rutland interviewed by Fiona Rothchilds in the History of Australian geoscience oral history project by Rutland, Roye, 1930- recorded 2014, geologist. Audio [spoken word]. Reserved until further notice.

2. NLA Digital Collection:

Trevor Powell interviewed by Fiona Rothchilds in the History of Australian geoscience oral history project by Powell, T. G. (Trevor George), 1943- recorded 2014, geologist. Audio, OnlineOnline [spoken word], OnlineOnline – Google Books

3. NLA Digital Collection:

Marita Bradshaw interviewed by Fiona Rothchilds in the History of Australian geoscience oral history project by Bradshaw, Marita, 1955- recorded 2014, geologist and academic. Audio, OnlineOnline [spoken word], OnlineOnline – Google Books

4. NLA Digital Collection:

Hugh Davies interviewed by Fiona Rothchilds in the History of Australian geoscience oral history project by Davies, H. L., 1935- recorded 2014, geologist and academic. Audio, OnlineOnline [spoken word], OnlineOnline – Google Books

5. NLA Digital Collection:

Elizabeth Truswell interviewed by Fiona Rothchilds in the History of Australian geoscience oral history project by Truswell, Elizabeth M. (Elizabeth Marchant), 1941- recorded 2014, earth scientist, palaeontologist and artist. Audio, OnlineOnline [spoken word], OnlineOnline – Google Books

6. NLA Digital Collection:

Lesley Wyborn interviewed by Fiona Rothchilds in the History of Australian geoscience oral history project by Wyborn, Lesley A. I. (Lesley Anne Irene) recorded 2014, geologist and academic. Audio, OnlineOnline [spoken word], OnlineOnline – Google Books

List of five recordings in 2015

Listed in this section are details of the five interviews completed by me as part of the History of Australian geoscience oral history project recordings in 2015.

7. NLA Digital Collection:

Ray De Graaf interviewed by Fiona Rothchilds in the History of Australian geoscience oral history project by De Graaf, Ray, 1958- recorded 2015, engineer. Audio [spoken word]. Reserved until further notice.

8. NLA Digital Collection:

Colin Simpson interviewed by Fiona Rothchilds in the History of Australian geoscience oral history project by Simpson, Colin, 1941- recorded 2015, geologist. Audio, OnlineOnline [spoken word], OnlineOnline – Google Books

9. NLA Digital Collection:

Barry Drummond interviewed by Fiona Rothchilds in the History of Australian geoscience oral history project by Drummond, B. J. (Barry John) recorded 2015, geophysicist. Audio, OnlineOnline [spoken word], OnlineOnline – Google Books

10. NLA Digital Collection:

Max Richards interviewed by Fiona Rothchilds in the History of Australian geoscience oral history project by Richards, Max (Sydney Maxwell), 1936- recorded 2015, geologist and company director. Audio, OnlineOnline [spoken word], OnlineOnline – Google Books

11. NLA Digital Collection:

Phil Symonds interviewed by Fiona Rothchilds in the History of Australian geoscience oral history project by Symonds, Philip Alexander, 1949- recorded 2015, geophysicist. Audio, OnlineOnline [spoken word], OnlineOnline – Google Books

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Photographic image copyrighted by Fiona Rothchilds 2015
Uploaded 5 October 2020