Talking History Project

The Australian Centre for the Study of Jewish Civilisation, in conjunction with the Jewish Museum of Australia, has inaugurated a project to collect the oral history of Melbourne Jewry.

A series of evening discussions is being organised at which invited speakers deliver a brief talk based on their personal experience and knowledge. This is followed by an hour long discussion, with questions and comments from members of the audience.

These talks and discussions are recorded. The texts of talks will be transcribed and made available here as they become available. At the completion of each series, it is planned to publish an edited version of the talks.

The theme of the first series of talks is Jewish communal leadership, focusing on three individuals: Arnold Bloch, Maurice Ashkanasy and Mina Fink. Subsequent series focus on Melbourne Jewry and its institutions.

The Talking History site can be found here