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AMOHG is important to me because it’s the only national, media, oral history group operating in Australia. The word national there is important in in two ways. I have to acknowledge that it’s centred in Sydney and that most of its interviews are conducted from Sydney. But as an autonomous body it’s had a rewarding relationship with the National Film and Sound Archive: which means that its interviews have been placed into the national record for use in posterity. And I love the stature that that has given the group.

I think it’s important because it brings together an extraordinary number of highly experienced people who have worked in nearly every sector of the media industries over very many years. Partly because of that, the range of interviews that we’ve done is enormous; again, from every imaginable corner of the industry.

At the very beginning it was determined by founders like Martha Ansara and Graham Shirley that it would not be a recording organization for what Martha Ansara called the kings and the queens of the industry – the top people. It would be about everyone who worked in any corner of the industry so that posterity would have a deep and broad understanding of the what it was like to work in the period that we’ve been recording – which is from the 1960s and 70s through to now.

I find it important because the fellowship of that group of people precipitates many fantastic ideas about the industry and new ways of working, new ways of recording and new areas to explore.

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