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Part of History Week

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Friday 11 September 2020 from 11am to 11:30am

Grab a cup of tea and join City Historian Lisa Murray as she delves into the City of Sydney’s oral history collection and asks the question, how did inner-city residents cope during the Great Depression? 

Oral histories are recorded interviews with ordinary people sharing their life stories. As a history source, oral histories can provide insights into everyday experiences of living and working in the city. 

The City of Sydney has a collection of over 500 recorded interviews dating from the 1980s through to the 2000s, with the collection still growing. To discover more about the oral history collection visit our site.

We’ll listen to some audio excerpts about growing up during the 1930s, and through these memories explore themes of poverty, crime, mutual help, and resourcefulness.  

These personal memories allow us to reflect upon how Sydney’s social history may inform our contemporary situation, an unprecedented time of social and economic disruption. What lessons can we learn? 

The talk will go for half an hour, including a short Q&A. This is a free event however, bookings are essential. Please read your booking confirmation carefully for instructions on how to join the event on Zoom. You’ll need to install the free Zoom software on your own or computer or device to participate. 

About our speaker: City Historian Dr Lisa Murray is an award-winning author, exhibition curator, and producer of walking tours, activations, and podcasts. Her recent publications include “Our City: 175 Years in 175 Objects”, an expansive catalogue which accompanied an anniversary exhibition at Sydney Town Hall in 2017. 

About History Week: This talk is presented by the Culture & Creativity team at the City of Sydney as part of our program for History Week, 5-13 September 2020.  

History Week is a statewide festival coordinated by the History Council of NSW. The theme for 2020 is "History: what is it good for?"  For more events, visit our website

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