The Australian Centre for Oral History

Showcasing the contributions made by all who live here to the Australian way of life and culture
the Australian story

The centre is an initiative of Turtle Lane Studios Pty Ltd.
Dr. Bob Jansen
Turtle Lane Studios
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Photo of Yvonne Boag
Yvonne Boag
Turtle Lane Studios

A Cultural Conversation With ...

A conversation with Australian artist, Yvonne Boag, is available. An interview by art critic, Paul McGillick. Paul and Yvonne discuss what atracted her to become a professional artist and influences on Yvonne's work including her time in Paris (France), Seoul (South Korea) and the Lockhart River Aboriginal Community at the top of Cape York.

A demonstration of an interview with Mr. Johnny P Johnson (artist, teacher and humanitarian) is now available.

[Click here to go to the cultural conversations page]

Other conversations are in the planning stages and will be uploaded here when available.

If you have an idea for an interesting conversation or would like to have your own conversation showcased here, contact us and let's discuss how we can help.

Testimony Software

We advocate the use of Testimony Software to publish oral histories and engaging digitial stories on the web and CD ROM.

"We at the Alaska Historical Society and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Office of Public History wholeheartedly endorse Turtle Lane Studios' Testimony Software.

Testimony Software entirely underpins our project, Hearing History: The Minutes of the Alaska Constitutional Convention, an online interactive teacher's guide featuring the linked transcripts and audio recordings of these historic proceedings.

The browser interface is intuitive and the authoring toolkit is simple to use and obviates the need to consider technical issues, allowing us to concentrate on content.

The non-platform-specific nature of the software removes any potential headaches regarding Mac or Windows specificity, and the embedded player further simplifies the interface. Even enormous files simply take longer to load - the system never hiccups. The overall result is highly gratifying, and creates a seamless bridge between the spoken and the written word.

We have worked with Dr. Jansen for over a year, and been greatly pleased by customer service and his product. He is available for excellent technical support when it is required (usually due to operator error rather than software issues).

We would without hesitation recommend Turtle Lane and its products to any comers."

Leighton M. Quarles Developer, Alaska Historical Society

Terrence M. Cole Director, Office of Public History, University of Alaska Fairbanks


Stories of the Holocaust

Yvonne Boag Story

Sir Henry Parkes Story

Peggy van Praagh Oral History

Center Information

The Australian Centre for Oral History facilitates the capture and publishing of oral histories, stories from important people in your life. Through the work of the centre and the agreement of the people involved, oral histories will be available for others to listen to and, learn from, and explore the richness and depth of experience and talent of the subjects. We hope to showcase the contributions made by all who live here to the Australian way of life and culture, the Australian story.

The Centre can help you record your oral histories, whether you are an individual wanting to tell your story, a town wanting to capture and retain its rich history or a group with a shared story. Our expertise, in conjunction with our associates and partners, provides you with an experienced group that will provide professional help and unbiased advice. Whether it be advice on how to interview people, or plan your project or technical advise as to recording mechanisms and all that IT stuff, we have the expertise that can advise you. If you wish, we can also do the work for you and develop a recorded oral history of your story.

Once your oral histories are recorded, you can choose to publish them through our web site. That way, each story can improve the whole story of the people of Australia and the contribution each has made to our way of life.

Our technology is based on Testimony Software, developed by Turtle Lane Studios Pty Ltd. This software has already been used to record stories from Australian artists, develop museum kiosks, and record what happens in several conference sessions and workshops. This track history should give you confidence in us - we know what we are talking about. We've done it before and we can make it easier for you. Click on the links on the left to see some of the things we've already done.

So, what will you be able to see here in the future.

  1. Stories from ordinary and not so ordinary people who live in Australia
  2. Technology to help you record your stories
  3. Advice on what you can do and how to proceed
  4. Links to other similar activities around the world

So, keep your eyes on this site. As we develop stuff, we'll make it available here.

Contact Details

For any more information, please contact one of the following people. We welcome other people and organisations to help us achieve our vision, so if you have the drive and the time, come and work with us.

Dr. Bob Jansen +61-414 297 448 Yvonne Boag +61-416 041 491

Associates & Collaborators

If you or your organisation is interested in working with us, please do not hesitate to contact us on any of the numbers or email addresses above.

Copyright Workshop Proceedings

Interview with Yvonne Boag

OL&OD Conference Session

EPublishing Conference