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Making a difference: oral history and community health


This work was presented at the State History Conference, Adelaide, in 2006, the International Oral History Association Conference, Sydney, in 2007, and appeared in the Oral History Association of Australia (South Australia/Northern Territory) newsletter, Word of Mouth, Spring 2006.

Alison McDougall holds a BSc (Speech Pathology) from the South Australian College of Advanced Education. She moved into historical research in the early 2000s completing a Graduate Diploma in Local, Family and Applied History, at the University of New England, NSW, in 2003. She is a freelance researcher and oral historian working in private and public institutions, including the National Library of Australia, the City of Unley Museum (SA) and the Architecture Museum in the School of Art, Architecture and Design, at the University of South Australia, Adelaide. A committee member of the Oral History Association of Australia (South Australian Branch), Alison is editor of its publication Word of Mouth.
Dr Karen George works as a consultant historian and writer under the business name, Historically Speaking, established in 1993. She holds a BA (University of Adelaide), an MA (ANU), and a PhD (University of Adelaide). She has worked for the Adelaide City Council as Oral Historian. She is author of A Place of Their Own: the men and women of War Service Land Settlement at Loxton after the Second World War (Wakefield Press, 1999).From 1999 to 2002 Karen worked as an interviewer, researcher and writer for the National Library of Australia’s Bringing Them Home Oral history project. She has regularly recorded oral history interviews for the State Library of South Australia, the National Library of Australia and for many other individuals and institutions. She is currently working as an interviewer for the NLA’s Forgotten Australians Oral History Project and a project about the Apple and Pear Industry. From 2005-2008 Karen was Research Historian for the Children in State Care Commission of Inquiry, also known as the Mullighan Inquiry. Prior to commencing in that role Karen researched and wrote a comprehensive guide to records of children’s home’s in South Australian, Finding your own way (2005) for SA Link Up.

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