University of Melbourne: The Hidden Stories In Australia’s Cultural Data

University of Melbourne: The Hidden Stories In Australia’s Cultural Data. “The widespread digitisation of art and culture means data science is now being used to reveal fresh cultural stories and connections that would otherwise have been impossible to uncover. Researchers are detecting surprising trends, telling the micro-biographical histories of artists and asking new questions about the connection between the environment, the economy, and Australia’s arts and cultural life.”

Tamworth Regional Council (Australia): Historic & art collections from the Tamworth region to feature in new storytelling website

Tamworth Regional Council (Australia): Historic & art collections from the Tamworth region to feature in new storytelling website. “Nine local government authorities were funded to digitise significant artworks, museum objects and archives in their regions through the NSW Government’s Regional Cultural Fund, which supports the development of cultural infrastructure in regional NSW. … The results of some of this work will now feature on Storyplace, a new website developed by Museums & Galleries of NSW that tells important stories from throughout regional New South Wales.”

Australian Ceramics: The Complete 60-Year Archive Of The Journal Of Australian Ceramics Is Now Available!

Australian Ceramics: The Complete 60-Year Archive Of The Journal Of Australian Ceramics Is Now Available!. “The Australian Ceramics Association is delighted to announce that the digital archive of The Journal of Australian Ceramics has now been completed in collaboration with publishing services provider Exact Editions, dating back to 1962. Individuals and institutions can subscribe for unlimited and fully-searchable access to over 170 back issues and counting, with new issues published three times a year.”

For nation: 330,000 online memorials unlock individual stories of our First World War ANZACs (Mirage News)

Mirage News: For nation: 330,000 online memorials unlock individual stories of our First World War ANZACs. “The individual wartime journeys of over 330,000 Australian men and women who volunteered to serve overseas in the First World War are revealed for the first time in an ambitious family history project launched today…. Australian War Stories by Memories enables descendants to search for a loved one… and receive a free online memorial of their wartime journey: from enlistment, to training, embarkation and beyond.” From the front page it looks like you have to provide information like your name, email, and postcode before you can submit a search.

InnovationAus: National Archives ramps up digitisation of ‘at-risk’ records

InnovationAus: National Archives ramps up digitisation of ‘at-risk’ records. “The National Archives of Australia has ramped up the digitisation of its at-risk records after securing a government funding lifeline last year. The agency has handed out millions in contracts to digitise parts of its collection this year but failed to properly disclose the largest deal. A $2 million contract for outsourced digitisation services was only published this week, despite work beginning in November and government ministers promoting the supplier’s project earlier this year.”

Australian Financial Review: Meet the woman who saved the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Australian Financial Review: Meet the woman who saved the Sydney Harbour Bridge. “Kathleen Butler is barely remembered today. But in the 1920s, she became known as ‘The Bridge Girl’ – she even went overseas with engineers from [engineer John] Bradfield’s team to review tenders for the construction process…. Now her contribution to the successful construction of ‘The Coathanger’ is being revived, thanks in part to the University of Sydney’s decision to digitise 596 photos of the bridge’s construction from Bradfield’s three personal albums, which he had entrusted to his loyal companion and protégé in 1927.”

Architecture AU: A new digital age for iconic mid-century Canberra house

Architecture AU: A new digital age for iconic mid-century Canberra house. “A house designed for one of Australia’s most famous historians which itself became an important part of the history of modernist domestic architecture in this country can now be toured virtually. The Robin Boyd Foundation has released a 3D tour of Manning Clark House, designed by Boyd and built in Forrest, Canberra for the late historian Manning Clark and his wife Dymphna in 1952.”

ABC News (Australia): How home movies reveal decades of Queensland’s history

ABC News (Australia): How home movies reveal decades of Queensland’s history. “Family members of deceased amateur filmmakers are uncovering home movies dating back to the 1930s, which document life in the Sunshine State over generations. However, due to age, heat and humidity, the films are deteriorating at a rapid rate and the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) is in a race against time to save them. SLQ staff are digitising and storing the best quality home movies they are given and sharing them online.”

ABC News (Australia): National Film and Sound Archive announces 2021 Sounds of Australia inductees

ABC News (Australia): National Film and Sound Archive announces 2021 Sounds of Australia inductees. “‘For the pain, suffering and hurt of these Stolen Generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry.’ These words from Kevin Rudd’s Apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples were heard across the country when they were first uttered in 2008, as part of a formal apology on behalf of the Australian Parliament to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Now, they have been added to the National Film and Sound Archive’s (NFSA) Sounds of Australia for 2021.”

Government of Australia: Preserving Australia’s at-risk collections with $47 million

Government of Australia: Preserving Australia’s at-risk collections with $47 million. “The Morrison Government is investing more than $47 million to digitise and preserve collection material held by the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA), and seven other National Collecting Institutions, and to maintain the National Library of Australia’s (NLA) Trove website. The NFSA will receive $41.9 million over four years to fund a major program to digitise and store at-risk audio-visual collection material held across the eight National Collecting Institutions.”

Sydney Morning Herald: Kilometres of official secrets, collecting dust and costing taxpayers

Sydney Morning Herald: Kilometres of official secrets, collecting dust and costing taxpayers. “Australia’s intelligence community has conceded it is breaching laws governing how some of the nation’s most important historical documents are stored, revealing more than 10 kilometres of classified documents are gathering dust and may never be made public. Documents released to The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age under freedom of information laws show the Foreign Affairs Department, Defence, ASIO and other intelligence agencies all believe more money has to be sunk into preserving historical records and changes made to the nation’s archives laws.”

Arts Centre Melbourne: Rare flowers and golden butterflies

I read the announcement about this digital exhibit at a scraper site and spent ten frustrating minutes trying to track down the original. No luck, so I’ll take you straight to Arts Centre Melbourne and tell you to check out Rare flowers and golden butterflies. “Tucked away in the archives of the Australian Performing Arts Collection at the Arts Centre Melbourne are the stories of three women – Esme Levante, Myrtle Roberts and Moi-Yo Miller – who all contributed to the development of magic performance at a time when the art form was predominately seen as a male affair. Each with their own story to tell, they deserve their time in the spotlight.”

RiotAct: National Film and Sound Archive preserving lockdown’s creative collection

RiotAct: National Film and Sound Archive preserving lockdown’s creative collection. “Among some of the quirky bits and pieces preserved for posterity in the NFSA’s ‘Creativity in the Time of COVID’ project – which has been running throughout Australia’s arduous lockdowns – you’ll find the YouTube hit, Nat’s What I Reckon, which takes cooking shows in a bizarre direction thanks to rocker host Nat. You can also find internet hit Love in Lockdown, an unlikely romantic comedy created by TV comedians Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope.” Nat’s What I Reckon sounded fun so I took a look. It’s like YOU SUCK AT COOKING goes to Hell via Australia. I subscribed immediately.

Noise 11: The Production Company Documents Its Australian Theatre History Online

Noise 11: The Production Company Documents Its Australian Theatre History Online. “Now The Production Company website documents it all from the very first show ‘Mame’ in 1999 through to the final season in 2019 with included David Bowie’s final project with the Australian premiere of ‘Lazarus’ (and to date the only Australian production of ‘Lazarus’). It was an incredible output.”