Janis Wilton

This week we are highlighting our speaker Janis Wilton OAM.

Janis received an OAM in 2006 in recognition for her community and oral history work, then in 2009 received the Hazel de Berg Award for Excellence in Oral History. She was also Associate Professor in History, School of Humanities University of New England prior to her retirement in 2017.
Janis worked as the historian and coordinator for the Golden Threads Project on the Chinese in regional NSW. This work led to her book Golden Threads: The Chinese in Regional New South Wales, 1850 – 1950. Her other projects have included work with local museums and historical societies throughout the New England area documenting the histories of non English speaking immigrants, also collaborating with Maitland Regional Art Gallery exploring how art and history together can offer interpretations and experiences in local and regional history.
She has served as a Trustee of the Historic Houses Trust of NSW, a Council member and President of the international Oral History Association and is a member of the national committee of the Oral History Association of Australia and a former member of the editorial board of the Oral History Australia Journal.
Janis is also the author of Old Worlds and New Australia: The Post War Migrant Experience.
A very knowledgeable speaker, Janis will be speaking at the conference about Hearing Family Memories which will be a talk that should interest all family historians as storytellers of our past!


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