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  November 2011
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Welcome to our November news

The latest issue of Your Memento, remembering the Dismissal, artistic talent, Nasho in the 60s and the Jikji scholarship – you'll  find all this and more below.


ASIO, Holdens and creative writers

The latest issue of our online magazine Your Memento has a range of intriguing articles.

Check out: ASIO counterespionage on film, ‘Holding you in my Holden’, deaths in quarantine, a behind-the-scenes look at our upcoming exhibition, Traversing Antarctica, and the role of creative writers in ABC television drama.


The Dismissal

This month marks 36 years since the Whitlam government was dismissed by then Governor-General Sir John Kerr.

The National Archives holds many original documents including the Double Dissolution of Parliament; a Notice of Motion, handwritten by Gough Whitlam at the Lodge at 1.50 on 11 November; specific complaints to the Governor-General; and press clippings of articles from the time.

Our fact sheet provides a guide to many other records about the event.


We’ve moved in Hobart

The National Archives’ Hobart office has recently moved – and now shares premises with the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office in the State Library building at 91 Murray Street. This is part of our wider co-location program, aiming to provide a one-stop-shop for researchers where they can obtain Commonwealth and state records in the one reading room.


'Nasho' in 1960s Australia

One war veteran wrote to Prime Minister Harold Holt in 1966, complaining that young men were trying to avoid conscription and ‘hanging onto their mothers’ apron strings’. But historian Dr Christina Twomey points out that more than 800,000 men offically registered and only 14 people were imprisoned for refusing to obey a call-up notice. 

Join Dr Twomey, Associate Professor of History, Monash University, at the National Archives in Canberra when she shares her views on ‘Nasho’ on Sunday 13 November.


Artistic talent on show

The annual Capital Arts Patrons Organisation (CAPO) exhibition, hosted at the National Archives, features the talents of local contemporary artists, craft practitioners and designers. CAPO has supported artists from the ACT region for over 25 years.

Their annual exhibition and fund-raising auction includes artworks donated by many of Canberra’s established and emerging artists. The artworks will be on display from 16 to 26 November.


Have you registered for Brisbane 2012?

People working in the world of archives have a rare opportunity to attend the International Council on Archives (ICA) congress which is being held in Australia for the first time in August 2012.

Keynote speakers include David Ferriero, Archivist for the United States of America and Spanish jurist Judge Baltazar Garzón, who specialises in terrorism, organised crime, extraditions and crimes under universal jurisdiction (genocide, crimes against humanity).
Registrations are now open.


Could you be the first Jikji Scholarship winner?

The National Archives of Australia is offering a new scholarship and a training program as a result of receiving the $30,000 UNESCO/Jikji Memory of the World Prize in 2011.

The prize money will be used to fund a conservation student placement at the Archives as an investment in the future of documentary heritage preservation.

The National Archives will also match the Jikji prize money by providing a program of conservation training to PARBICA  and Indigenous communities in Australia.