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Oral History Program

The Parliamentary Oral History program, delivered jointly with the State Library of Western Australia, has collated one of the largest collections of oral histories of former members and parliamentary staff in Australia.

 

Learn about the parliamentary careers and personal lives of some of Western Australia’s key parliamentarians and hear from our staff about how Parliament has evolved over time.

 

The Parliamentary History Advisory Committee, which oversees the program, selects former members and former staff for interview based on consideration of their length of parliamentary service and experience, including the significance of positions they held and their participation in key parliamentary events.

 

Accessing oral histories

Members of the public can access oral histories through member’ biographies on the Parliament website or through the State Library of Western Australia. A significant number of these histories are available online.

 

Parliament

See link to Member’ Biographies on this page.

 

State Library

To find oral histories on the State Library’s webpage, search in the State Library’s catalogue:

 

  • Type “Western Australia politicians interviews” in the search box (top of the home page)
  • Click Enter
  • In the Format filter click “Oral History”

 

For further information on the oral history program, please contact the Clerk Assistant (Procedure), Legislative Assembly on (08) 9222 7453 or laquery@parliament.wa.gov.au