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Looking for Miss McKenzie

While continuing with the digitisation of NRS 15051, Photographs collected by the History Department of the Department of School Education, we came across this photo which noted on the back that the older woman in centre was Miss McKenzie who worked at Canowindra School for an astounding 48 years!

Caption: Staff at Canowindra District Rural School - Miss McKenzie centre front taught at the school from 1902-1950 Digital ID: 15051_a047_002502.jpg  Date: year only 31/12/1950

Caption: Staff at Canowindra District Rural School – Miss McKenzie centre front taught at the school from 1902-1950
Digital ID: 15051_a047_002502.jpg
Date: year only 31/12/1950

A quick look at Miss McKenzie’s personal file revealed her full name to be Isabel Elithan Flora McKenzie. She began service as an Assistant Teacher at Canowindra School on 25th August 1902 at the age of 16 and remained at Canowindra until her retirement on 31st December 1950 at the age of 64. (NRS 4080 [10/37442] I. McKenzie)

Given her long service at the school it occurred to me Miss McKenzie could appear in other photos from Canowindra. Searching the photos I came across this image.

Caption: Canowindra Public School - pupils and staff  Digital ID: 15051_a047_002489.jpg  Date: c. 31/12/1900

Caption: Canowindra Public School – pupils and staff
Digital ID: 15051_a047_002489.jpg
Date: c. 31/12/1900

No names of the people in the photo have been given and only a circa 1900 date has been noted on the photo.

Could Miss McKenzie appear in this photo?

The young woman seated on the right looks to be the right age (around 16) and may share some of the facial features of the older Miss McKenzie?

15051_a047_002489 cropped 15051_a047_002502 Miss McKenzie 1950

What do you think? Could we have found the young Miss McKenzie?

Follow this link to see all photos related to Canowindra School.

What we’ve been digitising in the #Archives

There are several digitisation projects happening here at State Records – some have been recently completed, others are long-term and will continue well into next year.

Recently completed

1954 Royal Tour

The Royal tour of Australia by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh began in Sydney on 3 February 1954 and finished two months later in Fremantle, Western Australia on 1 April 1954.

This album shows images from the Sydney part of the tour, dated 3-18 February 1954, showing the Royal couple and decorations and illuminations of public buildings and parks.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh are greeted upon arrival at Farm Cove, Sydney for the Royal Visit, 1954 Sydney Streets decorated for the Royal Visit, 1954

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at the opening of NSW Parliament - Royal Visit, 1954 Sydney Harbour Bridge illuminated for the Royal Visit, 1954

Gloucester Police Station

Images are available in Archives Investigator.

showing for each day the type of duty in which each policeman, and where relevant his horse, was engaged. The special occurrences column records such details as visits from senior police officers; transfers of staff; stores received; reports of crimes committed; warrants and summonses issued.
description from Archives Investigator

Diary of duty and occurrences at the Gloucester Police Station during the week ending the 10th day of July 1880

Long term projects

School photos

The History Unit of the Department of School Education collected these photographs when preparing school histories, research for public relations, or giving presentations. The collection consists mainly of photographic prints showing school buildings, pupils, teachers, or educational activities. Most include an identifying caption and date.

There are c.900 photos available in Photo Investigator and many more to come. The photos are arranged in alphabetical order by school and we are currently up to “C”.

Note that only material out of copyright will be available online.

Chakola Public School - Education Gazette - rough plan of school area at Public School Chakola showing plantation of trees and shrubs, 1 Feb 1922. Digital ID 15051_a047_002775  Adaminaby Public School c.1905. Digital ID 15051_a047_000019

Alma Public School - opening of new playground for infants department. Digital ID 15051_a047_000142 Balmain Trade School - engineering workshop. Digital ID 15051_a047_000625
We’ll have another digitisation update soon.

Link love in the GLAM sector

Queen’s historic tour heralded a new era for the royal family (via Tim Barlass @ Sydney Morning Herald)

“in 1954 the 27-year-old Queen Elizabeth made the first visit to Australia by a reigning monarch. That visit is now the subject of exhibitions by the Parliament of NSW and soon also State Records NSW.”

Teaching effectively with primary sources

“Welcome to a new, innovative way to teach in the archives! Based on an award-winning project at Brooklyn Historical Society, TeachArchives.org shares our teaching philosophy and findings with a global audience of instructors, administrators, librarians, archivists, and museum educators.

Approaching Principles for Independent Archives

“…. I’ve collected some basic principles for an independent archiving project. These are some of my thoughts on approaching the project and an open invitation for thoughts from others which I’ll collect and weave in. The more projects support each other to develop their ideas and practices, the more effective we can all be—

No matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else.   Joy’s Law

When it Comes to Keepsakes, What’s the Difference Between Physical and Digital?

“Now, I affirm that all keepsakes vary in the degree to which they resonate in our hearts. But there is something slippery and uncanny about a digital object as a memory token. First and foremost there’s the question about where and what the object is. Unlike my poster, a digital file can’t sit in plain sight. It requires a machine to view. The object also can be hard to find in the first place because it likely lives with thousands of others in a virtual environment that may be difficult to navigate. There can be multiple copies, some identical, some not.”

Valuing mud

“Australian Museum mineralogist, Thomas Hodge-Smith was asked to report on a collection of Deep Sea Mud samples.

Later, in 1929, he was asked to put a value on the samples.”

Super sleuthing in The Commons

An exhibition inspired through community engagement

Power to the people!

“…#HoodsHarbour represents the power of our Flickr followers, who have returned each day to our feed to comb through the collection and unlock its secrets…”

Exhibition at Australian National Maritime Museum

Exhibition at Australian National Maritime Museum

Local Treasures : Newcastle’s Public Infrastructure in 1829

“Gionni Di Gravio, Archivist of the University of Newcastle and Dr Ann Hardy discuss their recent trip to NSW State Records to photograph three bundles of hitherto lost documents of Newcastle in the late 1820s and early 1830s. The documents relate to an inventory of public buildings in the township that were being readied for what appears to have been the first privatisation prior to the Australian Agricultural Company take over of the Government Mines. They provide a digitised copy and transcription of one of these documents, and the importance of this information to the creation of the 3D early Newcastle model currently being constructed by artist Charles Martin for the University’s Coal River Working Party.”

Sir Thomas Mitchell’s 1828 sketch rendered by Charles Martin 2013

Sir Thomas Mitchell’s 1828 sketch rendered by Charles Martin 2013

145 minutes in Wagga: The 1954 Royal Tour

“February 13, 1954, has long been regarded by many as one of the most important days in Wagga Wagga’s history – the day Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, visited our city as part of their 1954 Royal Tour.

A special exhibition has been arranged between State Records NSW and the Parliament of NSW to commemorate 60 years since the 1954 Royal Tour and is on display at Parliament House in Sydney and the Western Sydney Records Centre until March 31.

At CSU Regional Archives, we too are revisiting the Royal Tour (from Wagga’s perspective) with an exhibition of material from both our own Collection and the Museum of the Riverina. The exhibition, which includes photographs, commemorative items, and a 15min film of the visit, will be on display in the Archives on CSU’s South Campus until 31 March.

1-rw43-39 Queen Wagga Wagga

 

What’s the bigger picture?

New for 2014, What’s the bigger picture?, is a bit of a guessing / detective game using photographs from the State Records NSW collection.

Below a small section of this photograph is revealed while the rest is blocked out…. Scroll down for a larger version of the revealed section.

Can you guess where we are? Or what the bigger picture might be?

Let’s see what response we get and whether we need to unveil another section of the image to provide another clue to the bigger picture!

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School….sport

Swimming lessons, sports carnivals and team sports.

Whether you loved it or hated it sport was a perennial companion at school and had a great impact on your school experience.

Here are some sporting highlights from NRS 15051 Photographic Collection from the History Unit of the Department of School Education.

Do these images bring back any memories?

Feel free to reminisce and share your own school sporting stories!

 

Caption: Cambridge School, Hunters Hill - hockey  Digital ID: 15051_a047_002249.jpg  Date: year only 31/12/1908

Caption: Cambridge School, Hunters Hill – hockey
Digital ID: 15051_a047_002249.jpg
Date: year only 31/12/1908

Caption: Broken Hill Public School - Junior Technical School Cricket Team  Digital ID: 15051_a047_001859.jpg  Date: c. 31/12/1922

Caption: Broken Hill Public School – Junior Technical School Cricket Team
Digital ID: 15051_a047_001859.jpg
Date: c. 31/12/1922

Caption: Broken Hill Public School - Junior Technical School Teams. Souvenir of Unley visit, 1922.  Digital ID: 15051_a047_001858.jpg  Date: year only 31/12/1922

Caption: Broken Hill Public School – Junior Technical School Teams. Souvenir of Unley visit, 1922.
Digital ID: 15051_a047_001858.jpg
Date: year only 31/12/1922

Caption: Bective Public School - sports  Digital ID: 15051_a047_000912.jpg  Date: year only 31/12/1939

Caption: Bective Public School – sports
Digital ID: 15051_a047_000912.jpg
Date: year only 31/12/1939

Caption: Bathurst Public School - swimming lessons  Digital ID: 15051_a047_000804.jpg  Date: c. 31/12/1924

Caption: Bathurst Public School – swimming lessons
Digital ID: 15051_a047_000804.jpg
Date: c. 31/12/1924

Caption: Armidale High School Football Team 1922  Digital ID: 15051_a047_000231.jpg  Date: year only 31/12/1922

Caption: Armidale High School Football Team 1922
Digital ID: 15051_a047_000231.jpg
Date: year only 31/12/1922