Oral Histories

During the 1990s, the National Trust of Australia (ACT), with the assistance of the National Estate Grants Program, the ACT Heritage Grants program, and the National Library of Australia, made a series of oral history recordings with persons who influenced the landscape and development of Canberra. These recordings and associated transcripts had been held in the Trust’s Office.

With the support of the ACT Government, the Trust has been able to digitise these recordings and make them available to members and the public through the ACT Heritage Library. The following recordings are available:

  • Professor Lindsay Prior
  • Mr David Shoobridge
  • Bulls Head and the Arboreta (interviews with Alan Brown, Murray Colless, Ken Eldridge, Jack Fielding, Jean Franklin, Charlie Hamilton, Colin and Graeme Maxwell, Ken Mitchell, Vince Oldfield, Lindsay Pryor, David Shoobridge, and John Turnbull)
  • Mr Greg Murphy
  • Mr Dick (Richard) Clough
  • Ms Margaret Hendry

The recordings are accessible via the ACT Heritage Library, who have created a “National Trust of Australia (ACT) Oral History Recordings” page at https://librariesact.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/ARCENQ?SETLVL=&RNI=716592 . To access the interview records, ensure the Record details are shown and click on the subseries records. The individual records will then be displayed on the right. Each interview then has its own record, with the available files displayed at the bottom of the screen.

Please contact the Trust Office if you have issues accessing the materials.

This project was supported with funding made available by the ACT Government under the ACT Heritage Grants Program.