National Archives of Australia

Issue 9 January 2013

In brief: Issue 9

Exhibition news

On Their Own: Britain’s child migrants, a travelling exhibition from the Australian National Maritime Museum, is showing at the Archives in Canberra until 10 February. This exhibition tells the emotional stories of the more than 100,000 British children who travelled alone to begin new lives as part of child migration schemes from the 1860s.

A game of bowls at Hotel Canberra, 1926. NAA: A3560, 2691

Also showing in Canberra is a display of photographs depicting the development of the national capital. Discovering Mildenhall’s Canberra showcases the images captured by James (Jack) Mildenhall in the 1920s and 1930s. More than 7000 photographs can be viewed online on Discovering Mildenhall’s Canberra, where you can add your own re-photographs, comments and locations.

Touring exhibitions include Traversing Antarctica: the Australian experience, showing at the Western Australian Museum – Maritime in Fremantle until 24 February, then opening at the Western Australian Museum – Geraldton on 16 March, and Shell-shocked: Australia after Armistice, which is on display at the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery, Queensland until 24 March.

Find out more about these and other travelling exhibitions on the Archives’ website.

National Archives supports inquiries on abuse

Two important investigations into allegations of abuse have prompted the Archives to advise Australian Government agencies about the destruction of potentially relevant records.

Following the public release of the DLA Piper report in 2012, which reviewed allegations of sexual and other forms of abuse within the defence forces, the Archives imposed a disposal freeze on Commonwealth records potentially related to allegations, handling and consequences of abuse in the Defence Organisation. The freeze, which is in force until further notice, prevents Australian Government agencies from destroying records that may be required in future judicial proceedings.

The Archives has also issued a disposal freeze to protect Commonwealth records that may be relevant to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. This will ensure that records are retained and protected so they will be available if required.

Grants fund innovative research

Certificate exempting Maudie Kim Kow from the dictation test, issued 1920. NAA: E752, 20/24

The Archives has announced the winners of its annual research grants, worth a total of $40,000.

The $15,000 Frederick Watson Fellowship for established scholars was awarded to Dr Gwenda Tavan from La Trobe University for her project ‘Gods, guides and gatekeepers: a political history of the Commonwealth Department of Immigration 1945–1949′.

Dr Anne-marie Boxall, from the Deeble Institute, Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association, will explore the longstanding debate about the roles of federal and state governments in Australia’s health system, with funding from the Margaret George Award for emerging scholars.

The Ian Maclean Award for archivists and other professionals went to historian Dr Kate Bagnall whose project ‘Paper trails: travels with Anglo-Chinese Australians, 1900–1939′ will demonstrate the possibilities for using new technologies to access and understand archival records and show how archives can reveal the history of marginalised communities from Australia’s past.

For more information about the grants, visit the Archives’ website.

Training for the digital transition

By the end of 2015 – within three years – all Australian Government agencies will be expected to save, store and manage new information electronically under a new target set by the Archives.

To help agencies meet the 2015 target, the Archives is developing a range of new courses focusing on key elements of digital information management. Like the popular Digital Edge workshops, these courses will provide practical advice and support to agencies so they are better equipped to make the transition from paper-based to digital information management, as required by the Australian Government’s Digital Transition Policy.

Get updates on the Digital Transition Policy and the latest training courses by following naa_digital on Twitter.

Shake Your Family Tree in 2013

Every year the Archives offers a day of seminars, expert advice and resources to inspire Australians to delve in to their family history. The 2013 Shake Your Family Tree day will be held at Archives offices across the country on Tuesday 16 April.

Check the Archives’ website for the latest updates on the activities and speakers in each state and details of how to book for the event.

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