Australian generations: life histories, generational change and Australian memory

  • Thomson, Alistair (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Bradley, Kevin (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Holmes, Katie (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • O'Hanlon, Seamus (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Reiger, Kerreen (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Twomey, Christina (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Rayner, Michelle (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

This project proposes a generational reinterpretation of Australian history using interviews with 300 Australians born between 1920 and 1990. The 1500 hours of oral history interviews will deepen and broaden the National Library's collection and involve significant innovation in digital audio archiving. Two books and one of Australia's most ambitious radio history series will illuminate historical change for different 20th century generations, the formation of distinctive generational memories and identities, and the significance of generational difference in Australia today. Collaboration between university historians, the National Library, and ABC Radio National will pioneer new ways of creating, interpreting and presenting oral history.
Effective start/end date1/07/1031/05/16


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$313,470.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$89,708.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$106,676.00
  • National Library of Australia (NLA) (Australia): A$180,000.00
  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC): A$12,000.00
  • La Trobe University