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Oral History Project

Do you have a special connection to one of our places, either as a worker or a resident? If so, we’d love to record your tales of work and life.

If you – or someone you know – would like to be interviewed by one of our volunteer archivists, please email for more information and to book a time. Interviews are approx. one hour long and are conducted at the Harbour Trust head office in Mosman or at Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour.

Were you stationed at the military bases at North Head, Manly or Georges Heights, Mosman? Did you work on vessels at Cockatoo Island’s shipyard, serve at HMAS Platypus or attend ASOPA in Middle Head? Did you contribute to the operation of Macquarie Lightstation or repair ships at Woolwich Dock? Whatever the case, we look forward to hearing from you!

In Conversation (NEW initiative)

As part of the Harbour Trust's ongoing Oral History Project, volunteers interview people and gather spoken stories that vividly bring to life the history of our heritage sites . In late 2020, we launched In Conversation, a video series that marries archival imagery with audio recorded for our Oral History Project. 

The latest instalment in the series (below) features an interview with Vivienne O’Donnell, a technical tracer at the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Torpedo Factory in North Sydney during the 1940s. Ms O'Donnell was interviewed by Andrew Potter on 16 June 2017 for the Oral History program. We hope you enjoy the presentation, and look forward to sharing further instalments throughout the year.