College Oral History Project

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College Oral History Project

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Beginning in 1994, Tony Ryan undertook recording extended interviews with significant educators around Australia.

Brief extracts from selected interviews
Jean Blackburn – Education of Girls


Joan Brewer – Adelaide Teachers College – War Years


Allison Densley – First school in rural Western Australia


Barbara Falk – Early memories of growing up in Melbourne


Deirdre Jordan – On joining a university staff – as a nun


Peter Karmel – 1962 Buntine Oration


Tony McGuire – Researching the role of Junior Teachers in South Australia


Bessie Mitchell – NSW Delegates – Founders’ Convention 1959


William Oats – International School Geneva


Shirley Randell – Lifelong Learning


Ruth Rogers – First years of teaching


Colin Thiele – Family life;  Early school days

Initiated by the Australian College of Educators, and with support from the National Library of Australia in Canberra and The University of Adelaide (through 5UV/Radio Adelaide), recordings were undertaken in all Australian capital cities and in several regional areas, including with Professor Peter Karmel (ACT), Dr A W Jones, Ruth Rogers, Dr Deirdre Jordan and Dr Jean Blackburn (SA), Miss Bessie Mitchell (NSW), Professor Philip Hughes and William Oats (Tasmania), and Sir James Darling and Dr Shirley Randell (Victoria).

Tony Ryan addressing the Simply the Best Conference at The University of South Australia

Of the fifty interviews, over thirty edited interviews have now been lodged with the National Library in Canberra, with a total duration of some fifty hours of original audio recordings. Copies of many of the interviews are also held in The University of Adelaide Archives, and in the Australian College of Educators archives, now located in Melbourne.

Reference
Oral History: Complementing and using a Performing Arts Collection to provoke memory of more than just the ‘good times’  Link
Dr Margaret M Leask, August 2007. National Conference, Australian Society of Archivists.

Enquiries
tony@tonyryanmedia.com.au

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