About Oral History Western Australia
Oral History Western Australia (OHWA) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit body which offers a range of services to its members including events, training opportunities and equipment hire.
The organisation, a state member of Oral History Australia (OHA), aims to:
- promote the practice and methods of oral history
- educate in the use of oral history methods
- encourage discussions on all aspects of oral history
- foster the preservation of oral history records
Established on 9 March 1980, Western Australia was the third state branch to be formed under the Oral History Association of Australia (now Oral History Australia) – after South Australia and New South Wales. Yet it was a West Australian, the late Jean Teasdale, who played a key role in establishing the national body in 1978.
OHWA is governed by a management committee elected at the annual general meeting. The committee comprises office holders and ordinary committee members.
President: Tracy Willet
Vice President: Kyra Edwards
Secretary: Lynn O’Hara
Treasurer: Linda Wang
Committee members: Susan Hall (Speakers/Events and Training), Elaine Rabbitt (Accreditation workshop coordinator), Laurel Smith (Membership Registrar) and Jan McCahon Marshall (Training)