Oral project gives EP history a voice

Stories of the past from Port Lincoln and the wider Eyre Peninsula region are being collected as part of a new oral history project, Voices of the Eyre.

The project was officially launched at the Port Lincoln Library last Thursday, May 24 during History Month.

It aims to capture a capture a social and cultural snapshot of the region through people sharing their memories of events, places, people, businesses, industries, childhood and family recollections.

All are welcome to contribute their voice, making for a collaborative and deeper insight into our cultural and social history.

Library services manager Louise Mrdjen

Library services manager Louise Mrdjen said personal recollections and various perspectives helped develop a broader understanding of local regional history and bring history to life.

“All are welcome to contribute their voice, making for a collaborative and deeper insight into our cultural and social history.

“There is still time to add your voice and share memories, events, observations of the local area to the collection.”

The project will record multiple voices of history, not just the voices usually found in written records and their personal recollections and various perspectives will help develop a bigger picture.

A workshop on interviewing and using recording equipment was held in March and the library will have recording equipment available for the next two months for anyone who is interested to participate in the project.

“Further information is available from the Port Lincoln Library, please do not hesitate to make contact to learn how you may add your voice to our local history,” Mrs Mrdjen said.

It is anticipated it will be a ‘living project’ with the opportunity to add more oral histories to the collection from across the Eyre Peninsula region.

Once recorded the histories will be available on the library website and the One Card network catalogue and may be used for tourism, in museums, as part of interactive displays and on signs.

They will also be uploaded to the State Library of SA website and possibly the National Library Australia website Trove.