Creative work: Onward bound: The first fifty years of Outward Bound Australia and Exegesis written component: Creatively writing historical non fiction

Klaebe, Helen Grace (2004) Creative work: Onward bound: The first fifty years of Outward Bound Australia and Exegesis written component: Creatively writing historical non fiction. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


Onward Bound: -- the first 50 years of Outward Bound Australia traces the founding and development of this unique, Australian, non-profit, non-government organisation from its earnest beginnings to its formidable position today where it attracts some 5,000 participants a year to its courses.

The project included interviewing hundreds of people and scouring archives and public records to piece together a picture of how and why Outward Bound Australia (OBA) developed -- recording its challenges and achievements along the way.

A mediated oral history approach was used among past and present OBA founders, staff and participants, to gather stories about their history. This use of oral history (in a historical book) was a way of cementing the known recorded facts and adding colour to the formal historical outline, while also giving credence to the text through the use of 'real' people's stories.

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ID Code: 16296
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Brien, Donna & Neilsen, Philip
Keywords: Outward Bound, Outward Bound Australia, Australian history, Australian war history, biography, creative non fiction, creative writing, non fiction, oral history, organisational history, post World War 2 history, social history, writing processes
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Department: Faculty of Creative Industries
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Helen Grace Klaebe
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 04:00
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017 14:40

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