Australian Generations Conference

30 – 31 October 2014, Melbourne

The Australian Generations: Researching 20th Century Lives and Memories featured academic historians and industry partners who form the Australian Generations Oral History Project’s research team.

Professor Michael Frisch, the internationally renowned oral and public historian, delivered the Keynote Address at the public launch of the conference on Thursday 30 October 2014 at the State Library of Victoria. The conference continued at Monash University’s Caulfield campus on Friday 31 October. Australian Generations project research team members  presented a series of papers on project findings and about our oral history methodology.

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  • Going Away to School

    Going away to school has been part of the education of a wide range of people in Australia. This program draws on the memories of eight people born between the 1920s and the 1980s, all of whom spent part of their schooling away from home.

  • Mother’s Turn

    In this program, memory meets imagination to reflect on the changing nature of motherhood in Australia over the past sixty years.

  • Significance and Innovation

    Generations and Australian History.
    This is the first major national project to investigate intergenerational dynamics and the impact of dramatic social, technological and environmental changes on the experiences and attitudes of succeeding Australian Generations.