Phillip Island & District Historical Society

Oral History Project interviews

Last updated on 06-Jan-22

One of the society's special research projects for 2020-2022 has been our Oral History Project looking at Phillip Island's history over the last 60 years. The project has been funded by the Public Records Office of Victoria through a Local History Grant. The grant enabled the society to contract oral historian Dr Andrea Cleland to conduct, record and transcribe 7 interviews around the themes of farming, business, tourism, lifestyle and migration. All but one of the interviews have now been conducted and we have started uploading either essays based on the interviews, or the transcriptions themselves. Covid has delayed our ability to source images to go with the interviews, but these will be added as they become available. Meanwhile the essays and transcripts themselves make fascinating reading. So jump onto our Essays and Talks section, and look for Oral History Project in the essay title to learn much more about our island's recent history than you will find in most books! Photo shows Fredarica Aravanis, who was our subject for the migrant interview. She loves her Phillip Island kippo (Greek for vegetable garden) and also grows beautiful flowers and fruit trees. Here she shows a basket full of wonderful koukkia, or fava beans, which she has grown this spring and summer.