“Do you Love the Town you Live in?”: Narratives of Place from Australian Mining Towns

By Antoinette A Eklund and Erik Eklund.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This article combines the authors' disciplinary locations in history and literary studies, exploring personal narratives as revealed in oral history from residents of Australian mining towns. These narratives operate as a kind of counter or vernacular history, presenting hidden stories not well represented in Australian national history and culture. We argue that regional vernacular knowledge, borne of local experience and culture some distance from the major cities, is somewhat difficult to access through predominantly city-based, profesional academic networks.

Keywords: Oral History, Narrative, Interview Techniques, Regional History, Local History, Mining Towns

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 7, pp.53-58. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 530.540KB).

Dr. Antoinette A Eklund

Contract Lecturer, School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences, Monash University, Churchill, Victoria, Australia

Antoinette Eklund secured her doctorate from the University of Wollongong, Australia in 1999. She has taught English, Communication and Bridging programs in a number of Universities. Her research interests cover the field of literary theory, culture and communications, as well as writing and reading. She is currently teaching writing at Monash University.

Prof. Erik Eklund

Head of School, School of Humanities, Communications and Social Science, Monash University, Churchill, Victoria, Australia

I am a historian who has published extensively on the labour and social history of Australian industrial and mining towns. My 2002 monograph, Steel Town: The making and breaking of Port Kembla won the 2003 New South Wales’ preimer’s prize for regional and community history. In 2003 I published a co-edited textbook, Australia to 1901 (with Martin Crotty). My current research project looking at a sample of six Australian mining and industrial towns in funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant. In 2008 I was appointed Professor and Head of School, Humanities, Communications and Social Science at the Gippsland campus at Monash University.

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