Practitioners Register

Oral History Western Australia (OHWA) members can apply for inclusion in our Practitioners Register. The register is provided for the information of those interested in engaging an oral history practitioner. OHWA does not, however, endorse individual practitioners.

Please note: OHWA recommends that those who use the register seek appropriate independent, professional advice before relying on or entering into any commitment based on material published here. The information on the register is based on that supplied by the practitioners and is purely for reference purposes.


BLAKE, Kevin Gaal (Joe)
65 Warlingham Drive, Lesmurdie WA 6076
Home: 08 9291 5000
Expertise: Transcribing
Occupation: Court reporter/WPO (1980-present)
Qualifications: Diploma of Teaching Word Processing (1996)
Experience: Transcribed interviews for Subiaco Historical Society, 1981-1984.
High-speed audio transcription since 1990. 30+ years’ experience of recording. Have own conference recording facility. Do not do interviewing. Digital or analogue recording.
Special Interest: Medieval/Dark Ages, Battle Re-enactment Group (Grey Company – Viking) 21 years
Rate Charged: In line with OHAA rates, but may negotiate.
SMITH, Laurel
12/10 Victoria Street,
Home: 9367 8906
Expertise: Transcribing
Occupation: Transcriber
Experience: Six years’ experience transcribing for aboriginal land councils, public libraries, private researchers and historical societies.
Rate Charged: Transcribing: As per fee guideline February 2008

Researcher, interviewer and transcriber

AYRE, Doug
History Development Pty Ltd (ABN 26 110 157 803)
PO Box 126, North Beach WA 6920 or
PO Box 1001 Toodyay, WA 6566.
Mobile: 0409 205 130.
Home: 08 9307 9312.
Expertise: Broad experience working with volunteers, voluntary organisations, Army Reserve and public sector bodies.
Occupation: Semi retired professional engineer.
Qualifications: BA (Honours in History), B.Sc (Honours in Electrical Engineering), B.Business, FIEAust, CPEng.
Experience: Extensive experience as a professional engineer and manager. Experience with oral history interviewing, transcription and preparation of documentation and recordings. Transcription service available for oral historians by experienced transcript typist.
Rate Charged: On request. Competitive and negotiable. All projects either large or small welcome.
3 Baleen Court,
Home: 9529 3386
Mobile: 043 145 0203
Expertise: Interviewing, Research, Writing
Occupation: Historian
Qualifications: PhD (History) (Murdoch), BA (Hons) (History) (Murdoch), BA (History/Politics) (Murdoch)
Experience: Extensive interviewing for PhD topic. Contract research work at Murdoch University. DPC/IPAA Oral History Project. Parliamentary Oral History Project, Law Society O/H project, Murdoch University O/H project, various community history O/H projects
Special Interest: Australian/European history/politics. Aboriginal history/culture. Environmental history/activism
Rate Charged: Research and interview negotiable
19 Kinnimont Avenue,
Home: 9386 2759
Expertise: Interviewing, Research, Writing
Occupation: Historian
Qualifications: BA Hons (History) UWA
Experience: 19 years’ experience in oral history interviewing for various University and Battye Library Projects. Family history interviews. Social history.
Special Interest: Health History, Occupational History, Women’s history.
Rate Charged: Interviewing and research: As per fee guideline February 2008
Unit 45, 80 Mooro Drive,
Home: 9385 0907
Mobile: 0437 173 363
Expertise: Interviewing, Research, Transcribing
Occupation: Oral History Consultant/writer/former teacher of history and English
Qualifications: BA, (major in history) Dip. Ed., CTEFL
Experience: Interviewer for Federal Parliamentary Library’s Bicentennial publications projects from 1982-1992.
Private Contracts including: John Curtin Ministerial Library, Perth Modern School History, W.A. Parliament history.
Becoming Boddington commissioned by Boddington Shire Council, 1992.
Senior Master History specialised in a fieldwork approach to teaching history 1974-1980.
Foundation member OHAA, served on W.A. Branch Committee 1978-1996.
References: A full resume with up to date references can be provided upon request.
Rate Charged: Interviewing, Research and Transcribing: As per fee guideline February 2008
14 Austin Street,
Home: 9381 9558
Expertise: Interviewing, Research, Transcribing
Occupation: Retired
Qualifications: TPTC (Trained Primary Teachers Certificate) Burwood, Vic.
BA (Hons) (Honours History) UWA, Graduate Diploma of Arts in Language Studies
Experience: I have only just begun interviewing people for my research into military history
I interviewed about five ex-wharfies in 1974 for my history honours thesis
Special Interest
Rate Charged: Interviewing, Research and Transcribing: As per Fee Guideline February 2008
HART, Cath
Mobile: 0409 680 880
Expertise: podcasting, interviewing and journalism.
Occupation: Managing Director
Special Interest: Has a personal podcasting production service for family histories, special stories and aural legacies.
Rate Charged: Contact her for a quote
38 Boreham Street,
Mobile: 0401 525 960
Expertise: Interviewing, Researching and Transcribing
Occupation: Researcher
Qualifications: BA (Hons) Cultural Studies, Murdoch University and Graduate Diploma of Education, ECU .
Experience: Had a career in media in the UK (BBC). Has worked for the Grove Library producing oral histories since 2014. Is also currently working at UWA as a researcher and is currently developing a doctoral topic in Geography and Oral History.
Published Work: Published social Histories for North Cottesloe Primary School, Richmond Wellbeing and Casson Homes.
Special Interest: Cultural history, mental health, industrial heritage, geography and planning.
References: A full resume with up to date references can be provided upon request.
Rate Charged: Research, interviewing and transcribing is negotiable.
MANN, Wilma
PO Box 79
Mobile: 0408902619
Expertise: Interviewing & Research
Occupation: Historian (Researcher & Writer)
Qualifications: BA (Hons), Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary School).
Experience: 25 years of experience as a historical researcher & writer. More than 15 years of experience as an oral historian.
Published Title: Harnessing Voices: a people’s history of the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale/ by Wilma Mann (2001)
Special Interest: memoir, community histories, biography, local history.
References: A full resume with up to date references can be provided upon request.
WALLIS, Julia K.
27 Shenton Road,
Home/Work: 9384 6767
Expertise: Interviewing, Research, Transcribing
Occupation: Historian (Research, Writing, Oral History Interviewing & Transcribing)
Qualifications: Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Heritage Studies, Research Institute of Cultural Heritage, Curtin University of Technology (2002).
BA Hons (Major in History), University of Western Australia (2000).
Over 13 years’ experience in oral history projects. Over 20 years’ secretarial experience.
References: A full resume with up to date references can be provided upon request.
Rate Charged: As per OHAA(WA) and PHA(WA) Guidelines (all Rates are negotiable)
Mobile: 0418 916 795
Expertise: Interviewing, writing, researching
Occupation: Oral Historian
Qualifications: BA (Social Science) Curtin University, Grad Dip Journalism, Dip Applied Science (Photography).
Experience: Extensive interviewing for local government, Parliamentary History Project, UWA Historical Society, social history, special projects.
Special Interest: National identity, migrant experience, women’s history, trade union movement, politics, conservation
References: A full resume with up to date references can be provided upon request.
Rate Charged: Negotiable in line with OHAA guidelines
ROBERTS, Rosemary
108 Heytesbury Rd,
Mobile: 0428 122 439
Expertise: Interviewing & Research
Occupation: Oral Historian, Heritage Educator, Freelance Education Writer and Museum Volunteer.
Qualifications: Grad Dip in Cultural Heritage Studies, B. Education, Dip of Teaching & Certificate in Museum Studies.
Experience: Variety of experience in oral history researching and interviewing for WA Maritime Museum, Scout Heritage Centre, Freshwater Bay Museum, Subiaco Museum and for private individuals/families. Over 25 years experience as an educator (in schools and for heritage organisations). Six years experience as a freelance writer for The West Australian newspaper.
References: A full resume with up to date references can be provided upon request.
Rate Charged: Research and interviewing negotiable. All projects welcome big or small.

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