After thirteen years of drought, in 2010, Drought Stories, initiated by the History Council of Victoria, used oral histories and the documentary archive to create a historic record of the experience, and to strengthen community capacity in rural and regional areas through telling and listening to local stories.
History in the Making provided training in oral history techniques to members of Birchip, Horsham, Minyip and Warracknabeal historical societies in the Wimmera, and to members of Cohuna, East Loddon and Pyramid Hill historical societies and the Kerang and District Family History Group in northern Victoria. Using digital audio recorders, history group members then interviewed a cross-section of local people about their experiences of drought.
The stories told of the consequences of the continuing dry on individuals, families and the country itself, but also inspiring stories of how people responded in creative ways.
The oral stories and accompanying visual material were kept by local historical societies and selected material was added to collections held at the State Library of Victoria.
See more here: http://www.historycouncilvic.org.au/drought_stories
And see and listen here: http://www.cv.vic.gov.au/stories/land-and-ecology/drought-stories/