2017: Deborah McKay

Podcasts: Patsy Adam Smith – The Anzac interviews

Deborah's project will use the Library's oral history collection to bring to life the stories of WWI veterans who were interviewed by Patsy Adam Smith during the period 1976–78.

The voices of those old men are crucial to understanding the impact the Great War had on ordinary people. Many, although not all, of the people interviewed were Victorians, and the recordings have a strong sense of place and state.

Deborah's project will result in a series of six separate but linked podcasts, grouped by geographic location and supported by images from the Library's collection.

Deborah McKay holds a Master in Education and is currently head of Humanities at Mentone Girls' Secondary College. In 2015 she was the recipient of a Professional Development Fellowship from the school and used the opportunity to travel to Gallipoli and the Western Front, meeting with historians to visit battlefields and commemorative sites.