Archives and Societal Provenance. Australian Essays by Michael Piggott

By Michael Piggott

Files and archival preparations in Australia are globally correct simply because Australia's indigenous humans characterize the oldest dwelling tradition on the planet, and since glossy Australia is an ex-colonial society now seriously multicultural in outlook. information and Societal Provenance explores this forte utilizing the theoretical suggestion of societal provenance as propounded by way of Canadian archival students led through Dr Tom Nesmith. The book's seventeen essays mix new writing and re-workings of previous paintings, comprising the fi rst textual content to use a societal provenance viewpoint to a countrywide setting.

After a prologue via Professor Michael Moss entitled A prologue to the afterlife, this name comprises 4 sections. the 1st considers ancient subject matters in Australian recordkeeping. the second one covers many of the associations which make the Australian archival tale specified, comparable to the Australian battle Memorial and top ministerial libraries. The 3rd discusses the formation of files. The fourth and ultimate half explores debates surrounding data in Australia. The booklet concludes through contemplating the idea of an archival afterlife.

  • Presents fabric from a life's profession operating and pondering data and files and their a number of relationships with heritage, biography, tradition and society
  • The first ebook to concentration in particular at the Australian archival scene
  • Covers a wide selection of issues, together with: the theoretical idea of the documents continuum; census documents destruction; leading Ministerial Libraries; and the documentation of war

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One examines the recordkeeping legacy of the ‘first fact’ of Australia’s British beginnings. The second discusses attitudes to ‘red tape’ and bureaucracy manifested in the Eureka stockade rebellion of 1854 and the defeat of the ‘Australia Card’ proposal in 1986. The remaining two themes explore the documentation generated about two categories of arrivals (convicts and immigrants), and that generated by so-called ordinary Australians (specifically nineteenthcentury migrants and First World War soldiers).

There is too much choice. My own preferred approach is for themes which illustrate strong linkages between the historical production and preservation of records on the one hand and elements of Australian culture on the other. Many of the later chapters touch on similar recordkeeping themes from our past, while Chapter 15 provides theme suggestions first proposed in 1996. Here, briefly discussed, are four which are fundamental. British recordkeeping legacy The impact of Governor Phillip’s ships, officers, marines and convicts has been debated endlessly.

On the other hand, Schellenberg did have a remarkable impact on the recommendation of the 1956 Paton Inquiry that the Commonwealth National Library and its Archives Division be split and that a separate national archives be established. The mechanics of his influence were as follows. W. Bean and most other members that archives and libraries were sufficiently different and the Archives Division sufficiently large not to warrant being administratively mixed. The Committee’s resultant submission to the Paton Inquiry was strongly proseparation and Dr Bean appeared before the Inquiry to reinforce the point.

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