National Archives of Australia

Issue 8 October 2012

In brief: Issue 8

Now showing: expressions of nature, child migrants and more

Margarita Sampson, Anemone Incursions II

The Archives in Canberra is again hosting the top entries in the Waterhouse Natural History Prize, the only venue outside Adelaide to do so. The prize, organised by the South Australian Museum, is Australia’s richest natural history art competition, and honours the work of the Museum’s first curator, Frederick George Waterhouse, one of the foremost naturalists of his era.

The exhibition features top entries in the categories of paintings, works on paper, sculpture and objects, and is on display until 11 November.

The stories of British child migrants feature in a travelling exhibition from the Australian National Maritime Museum, On Their Own: Britain’s child migrants. It opens at the Archives in Canberra on 24 November.

Find out more about these exhibitions, as well as Archives’ exhibitions showing across Australia, on our website.


Malcolm Fraser research guide released

Malcolm Fraser, 1978. NAA: A6180, 6/1/78/2

A new guide for researchers that covers former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser’s life in documents and photographs was launched in Melbourne in October. The National Archives and the University of Melbourne Archives have collaborated to produce Malcolm Fraser: guide to archives of Australia’s prime ministers.

The National Archives holds the official records of Fraser’s ministerial and prime ministerial career, from his time as a backbencher in the government of Robert Menzies to his role as Minister for the Army during the early stages of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War. They also cover his time in Opposition from 1972 until the controversial dismissal of the Whitlam Government in 1975.

The University of Melbourne Archives is the official custodian of his personal papers, which cover his early life and his time after office.

Malcolm Fraser: guide to archives of Australia’s prime ministers, by Elizabeth Masters and Katie Wood (with biographies by Margaret Simons) is available from the National Archives in hard copy for $19.95. It is also available free of charge online.


Welcome to the arcHIVE

Did you know that not all of the Archives’ 40 million records are listed on its collection database RecordSearch? In fact, you’ll find only about a quarter of them there. So how do you find those records that aren’t listed?

The answer might lie in the Archives’ new website, The Hive. Here, you can see many of the lists that government departments provided to the Archives when they transferred their records. You can find (among other things) old inventions from the 1880s, bankruptcy records from the 1930s, and daily Queensland weather readings aptly called ‘Sunshine cards’.

The Hive allows you to search for records, and to transcribe lists so it is easier for everyone to find records in the future. Everyone who becomes a registered user of the site can order the records they find, and their transcription work earns reward points that can be redeemed for some great Archives’ merchandise.

So get busy at The Hive!


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