Serving country oral history project

L-R Harry Allie (Retired Member of the Australian Air Force and NSW Centenary of ANZAC Ambassador), Pastor Ray Minniecon and Coloured Diggers Media Officer Don Stewart

L-R Harry Allie (Retired Member of the Australian Air Force and NSW Centenary of ANZAC Ambassador), Pastor Ray Minniecon and Coloured Diggers Media Officer Don Stewart

In late 2013, the City of Sydney’s History Team has engaged Aboriginal researcher Fabri Blacklock to carry out oral history interviews with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women and their families.

These interviews will support the development of an artwork in Hyde Park by Aboriginal artist Tony Albert that honours the sacrifices and bravery of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service people who have served their country.

Fabri has collected eight oral history interviews with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women and their families, including artist Tony Albert and Pastor Ray Minniecon. These interviews, along with excerpts and transcripts, were published on the City’s new oral history website in July 2014. You can listen to the interviews here.

Fabri’s interviews join the two interviews already published on the website with Harry Allie and Col Watego.The City’s new oral history website at sydneyoralhistories.com.au features a growing collection of more than 60 audio recordings and transcripts capturing aspects of Sydney life not normally found in historical records, including interviews with shopkeepers, residents and everyday people.

The oral histories on the website are mostly presented as the full interview in both audio and transcript forms, accompanied by an edited excerpt from the full interview.

 

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