Oral histories

The Town of Cambridge Oral History Collection, also known as Cambridge Voices, records and preserves the history of the Town through personal stories and experiences.

With over 60 recorded interviews, the collection is filled with memories and historical anecdotes from people who have lived or worked in the local area. 

The oral histories can be searched on the Library catalogue and are available to loan.

Find the Oral History loan collection next to the DVDs at Cambridge Library. Each oral history interview comes in a DVD case that includes two disks, one containing the audio of the interview in MP3 format (playable on most devices), and the other transcript of the interview in PDF format.

Access Cambridge Voices online through Cambridge Notes

Get Involved 

Do you have a story to tell?  

If you would like to record memories of your life in the Town of Cambridge, we would love to hear from you.

Online Cambridge memories online 
In writing  Complete a Cambridge memories(PDF, 79KB) form 

 

If you are interested in being involved in an oral history interview please contact the Oral History Coordinator on 9383 8999.

The Collection 

The Collection is a compilation of rich personal stories, such as tales about the Quarry Amphitheatre, picture theatres, the war time era, the old plank road and beach life.

The Collection also includes interviews commemorating topics such as romance, remembrance and the Perth Commonwealth Games Golden Jubilee.   

Watch the Perth Commonwealth Games Golden Jubilee oral history for interviews from athletes, volunteer drivers, coordinators, the original poster artist and more, played to a backdrop of beautiful old film footage and photographs.  

The Jewel in the Crown Excerpt of an interview with Diana Waldron (1.35 mins) 
A Hobo lived in the Quarry… Dad chased him off after a while… Excerpt of an interview with Nancy Phillious (1.41 mins) 
You can do that! Excerpt of an interview with Dr Fiona Wood (1.21 mins) 
Seeing a little bit of Elvis Presley… Excerpt of an interview with Ailsa Cheek (1.21 mins) 
We were known as the enema queens… Excerpt of an interview with Ruth Gwendoline Donaldson (2.29 mins) 
Just paddled around Excerpt of an interview with Noel Bott (2.34 mins) 
A football… it's like a pumpkin… Excerpt of an interview with Kulya Gordon Palmoja (2.27 mins) 

The split from Perth City Council… Excerpt of an interview with Jack Hondros (2.19 mins)