Our Association

Our Association

History


Life Stories Australia was founded in 2017 in response to the need to have Australian personal historians/ biographers gain representation, recognition and promotion within their own country. Originally paid members of the Oceania chapter of the American-based Association of Personal Historians (APH), it became obvious that due to the geographical and cultural differences between the two vast regions, that a new, independent association had to be formed and thus, Life Stories Australia was born and incorporated as an Association on 29 June 2017 in New South Wales, registration number INC1700896. 

Life Stories Australia is governed by a Board of Directors (without ownership) made up of at least five fully paid members, all of whom must be practising in the industry and one of whom must represent film or a non print biographical form. 

Objectives


Promotion

  • To promote Life Stories Australia as the recognised, professional industry benchmark for the recording, preserving and sharing of personal life stories and organisational histories
  • To promote awareness and appreciation of the value of preserving life stories and organisational histories
  • To promote Life Stories Australia and its members in the media and other relevant forums in Australia
  • To maintain a public register of Life Stories Australia professionals and facilitate access to potential clients in their geographical area and preferred format.

Professional Services

  • To establish and maintain a code of ethics and professional standards
  • To provide ongoing education and training based on industry best practice and research
  • To provide support, networking and collaborative opportunities amongst members
  • To provide members with links to external relevant educational and professional organisations.

Board Members


Gabriella Kelly-Davies – President and principal spokesperson

Gabriella Kelly-Davies – President and principal spokesperson

Gabriella Kelly-Davies is a memoir, life story and biography writer and founded Share your life story so she could help families preserve their precious memories. She has written family histories of farming families and families who can trace their ancestors back to convicts on the First Fleet, musicians who have started new orchestras, business leaders and entrepreneurs. Gabriella runs free memoir writing groups in Sydney, regularly presents memoir writing workshops and is studying biography writing at Oxford University.  

Heather Millar – Treasurer, Membership

Heather Millar – Treasurer, Membership

Heather’s passion for life stories began after she recorded her father’s memoirs before he died. She went on to volunteer recording the memoirs of palliative care patients. She has worked as a magazine editor in London and Australia, and has ghostwritten books. An accredited editor and freelance journalist, she has also been a Board member at the Cancer Care Centre and Australians Against Racism, for whom she co-edited Dark Dreams: Australian Refugee Stories.

Sally-Anne Watson-Kane – Secretary

Sally-Anne Watson-Kane – Secretary

Scribing life stories while you speak, face to face or via telephone. Editing your handwritten or typed story. Producing your story as a book – including typing, editing, design and self-publishing services. We welcome storytellers of all abilities, backgrounds and levels of English, and specialise in editing stories of traumatic experiences.

Deborah Gough – Communications

Deborah Gough – Communications

Deborah Gough turned her back on nearly three decades as a reporter for The Age and suburban newspapers to write the stories she most loved to write – features about ordinary salt-of-the-earth types with a story to tell. She now writes newspaper articles in a lift-out style, bound in a small print-run book. She is passionate about telling the story of the ordinary and extraordinary person, so that it can be shared with friends and family.

Rhuwina Griffiths – board member

Rhuwina Griffiths – board member

Rhuwina is a ghostwriter and life story mentor with over 25 years’ experience in research, writing, and running life story courses and workshops. She is passionate about empowering people with the skills to write interesting and engaging stories about themselves and their family and to have fun while being creative.

Imelda Cribbin – board member

Imelda Cribbin – board member

Imelda is a first-generation Australian with a passion for family history, family trees, stories and memoirs.

Susan Pierotti – board member

Susan Pierotti – board member

Susan is the founder of Creative Text Solutions which partners with authors and storytellers to go from a story idea in a head to a book in the hand.

Annie Payne – Honorary Life Member

Annie Payne – Honorary Life Member

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