SBS Spanish: Challenge to declassify documents on Australia’s involvement in Pinochet coup continues in secret

SBS Spanish: Challenge to declassify documents on Australia’s involvement in Pinochet coup continues in secret. “Dr Clinton Fernandes is challenging the decision of the National Archives of Australia to withhold the publication of historical documents relating to Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) operations between 1971-1974 in Chile, plus records about Australia’s involvement in the overthrow of President Salvador Allende. But Australian intelligence representatives say that disclosure of information may be damaging and should be kept secret.”

Brisbane Times (Australia): Donations pour in to Archives as historians decry decay of ‘national memory bank’

Brisbane Times (Australia): Donations pour in to Archives as historians decry decay of ‘national memory bank’. “The National Archives has raised almost $100,000 in donations in a bid to save its most at-risk records as some of the nation’s pre-eminent historians argue it should never have been forced into a public appeal for funding. In the four weeks since the Archives launched a membership program, which asks $40 a person or $60 a household, the number of people backing it has swelled seven-fold to more than 700.”

Australian National University: A ‘treasure’ map of Indigenous history in Australia

Australian National University: A ‘treasure’ map of Indigenous history in Australia . “A new project at The Australian National University (ANU) shifts from the Australian history told from our colonial beginnings to one told by Aboriginal people, with stories that connect their recent past to the ancient history of their traditional lands. Under the direction of the ANU Research Centre for Deep History, Professor Ann McGrath and mapping consultant Kim Mahood worked with Aboriginal Elders associated with the Lake Mungo region to record their family stories.”

University of Southern Queensland: Unexplored Aboriginal rock art to share secrets of the past

University of Southern Queensland: Unexplored Aboriginal rock art to share secrets of the past. “It’s one of the richest bodies of rock art in the world but parts of the Laura Sandstone Basin in Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula have been virtually unexplored by archaeologists – until now. As one of 11 specialists from around Australia, University of Southern Queensland Professor of Archaeology/Anthropology Bryce Barker is a Chief Investigator on a research project, that promises to have profound findings about Australia’s past through the recording of unique rock art.”

ABC News (Australia): National Film and Sound Archive offering up some of its international collection of records, cylinders

From ABC News in Australia, and I swear I did not plan for these two stories to go side by side: National Film and Sound Archive offering up some of its international collection of records, cylinders. “The National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) in Canberra is offering up 77 pallets of international sound material which curators say do not fit within the scope of their collection. The archive’s head of collection, Jacqui Uhlmann, says there are thousands of old records, wax cylinders and a MasterTouch Collection of international pianola rolls up for grabs.”

‘Inconceivable’: why has Australia’s history been left to rot? (The Guardian)

The Guardian: ‘Inconceivable’: why has Australia’s history been left to rot? . “Last week, it was revealed the archives had resorted to launching a crowdfunding site in a last ditch attempt to raise tens of millions of dollars to digitise disintegrating historical materials. The crowdfunding push has outraged Australia’s archivists and historians, and raised questions about the value Australia places on its national history.”

Rockhamption Regional Council: New exhibition uncovers Australia’s fascinating shipwreck history

Rockhamption Regional Council: New exhibition uncovers Australia’s fascinating shipwreck history. “Australia’s coast is the final resting place of over 11,000 shipwrecks – roughly one wreck for every three kilometres of coastline, and Queensland’s Sovereign and Foam, are two of 14 wrecks whose stories will feature in the nationally touring panel exhibition…. Submerged – Stories of Australia’s Shipwrecks is on a two year national tour across regional Australia. All 68 submitted shipwreck stories are available now on the AMMC website in a digital archive.

IF (Australia): NFSA to receive $2 million in additional funding

IF (Australia): NFSA to receive $2 million in additional funding. “The National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) will receive a $2 million boost in tomorrow’s Federal Budget as part of a funding package for national collecting institutions. Announced on Saturday, eight institutions will share in $79.9 million of additional support, of which $32.4 million will go towards the delivery of public services and programs, while $47.5 will be allocated to five institutions for a variety of capital works.”

Mackay Regional Council (Australia): Artspace’s Collection Goes Digital

Mackay Regional Council (Australia): Artspace’s Collection Goes Digital. “Residents can now curate their own digital art exhibition from more than 620 works with the click of a mouse. The works, about half of the Mackay Regional Council Art Collection, have been made available through the Artspace Mackay online collection database and this will continue to be added to.” The collection includes contemporary indigenous art as well as ceramics and books.

ABC News (Australia): National Archives of Australia warns historial recordings, films and images could soon be lost

ABC News (Australia): National Archives of Australia warns historial recordings, films and images could soon be lost . “While the National Archives has long warned that its collection was at risk, it’s the first time it has detailed specific items that could disappear, including recordings from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, ASIO surveillance footage and original films of early Australian Antarctic research expeditions.”

The Guardian: Australian archives agency is allowing ‘national treasures’ to deteriorate, internal review finds

The Guardian: Australian archives agency is allowing ‘national treasures’ to deteriorate, internal review finds. “The funding-starved National Archives of Australia is allowing documents to deteriorate, potentially against its legal obligations, and is struggling to meet its mandate to preserve government records and make them public, a damning review has found.”

Namoi Valley Independent (Australia): New website offers insight into historical Female Factory in Paramatta

Namoi Valley Independent (Australia): New website offers insight into historical Female Factory in Paramatta. “LAST Sunday marked the Bicentenary of the Parramatta Female Factory, an institution which operated as an assignment depot, prison, place of industry and medical facility for approximately 5,000 women and children until its closure in 1848….The City of Parramatta has created a website which details many of the stories of the women who passed through the Factory gates.”

National Library of Australia: A Century of Australian Advertising Posters

National Library of Australia: A Century of Australian Advertising Posters. “What can we learn from the sentiment and imagery used to sell Australians of the past food, excitement and adventure? How are they reflected in the advertising images we still see today? The National Library of Australia holds a vast number of late-19th and 20th-century Australian advertising posters that are now available to explore online. The collection features many famous brands and illustrators of the time, including Bushells, Ever Ready, James Northfield, Gert Sellheim and Norman Lindsay.”

Gippsland Times: Telling the stories of our history

Gippsland Times: Telling the stories of our history. “AN online platform has been launched to share stories from Victorian Traditional Owners and Aboriginal people – including a story a local massacre. As negotiations get underway for Australia’s first treaty, the new website, Deadly and Proud, features Aboriginal storytellers from across the state sharing their stories of pride in Aboriginal culture, resilience, community and the historic path to treaty and truth-telling.”

National Film and Sound Archive of Australia: Priceless Collection Of 100-year-old Films Digitally Restored

National Film and Sound Archive of Australia: Priceless Collection Of 100-year-old Films Digitally Restored. “The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) has digitally restored The Corrick Collection, containing 135 of the world’s earliest films, which formed part of the Corrick Family Entertainers variety act over 100 years ago. A selection of these priceless films will have a world premiere at Ten Days on the Island from 5-21 March 2021, to celebrate the Corricks’ connection with Tasmania. Further national and international screenings will be announced in coming months. Additionally, five films from The Corrick Collection are now available to audiences worldwide on the NFSA’s YouTube channel.”