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Monash University
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oral history, Australian history, digital history, public history, migration history, history of childhood and youth
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About Me


Anisa Puri is a professional historian, and a PhD candidate at Monash University. Her current research uses oral history interviews recorded by the Australian Generations Oral History Project to examine the experiences and memories of youth migrants who arrived in Australia during the postwar decades. She is also currently working as a researcher and interviewer on the HIV/AIDS Volunteers History Project at Macquarie University.

Her first book, Australian Lives: An Intimate History (with Alistair Thomson) was published by Monash University Publishing in 2017.

Anisa is a past President of Oral History New South Wales. She has a Master of Public History degree from Monash University. She previously managed the Australian Generations Oral History Project at Monash University (2011-2015), and worked as a historian and heritage consultant specialising in heritage interpretation at GML Heritage. She has also worked a consulting historian for a range of organisations, including the State Records of New South Wales.

Recent Publications


Anisa Puri, ‘ “To be who I was, really, was to be different”: Memories of Youth Migration to Postwar Australia’, Remembering Migration: Oral Histories and Heritage in Australia, ed. by Kate Darian-Smith and Paula Hamilton, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

Anisa Puri and Alistair Thomson, Australian Lives: An Intimate History, Monash University Publishing, 2017.

Kevin Bradley and Anisa Puri, ‘Creating an Oral History Archive: Digital Opportunities and Ethical Issues’, Australian Historical Studies, 47 (1), 2016.

Anisa Puri, ‘Aurality and the Opening of Oral Archives’, Oral History Review blog, 2016, 

Online Exhibition: ‘From Glory Boxes to Grindr: Dating in Australia: 1945-2015’, at


Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Children & Youth, Migration & Immigration, Public History