A bird’s eye view of Cowra in the Central West of NSW.
Can you date this photograph?
Glass is generally more stable from a conservation viewpoint than film when used as the support or medium for a negative (despite the brittleness of glass). So I was interested to read Sandy Barrie’s essay ‘Why no Negs or records survive?’ in his book Australians Behind the Camera: directory of early Australian photographers 1841 to 1945 (The author, 2002).
Barrie’s work continues the listing of Australian photographers begun by Allan Davies, Peter Stanbury and Con Tanre in The Mechanical Eye in Australia : photography 1841-1900 (Oxford Uni Press, 1985).
This image was scanned from the original glass negative taken by Ralph Snowball. It is part of the Norm Barney Photographic Collection, held by Cultural Collections at the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia.(Note the silvering around the edges of the negative as the emulsion deteriorates.)
As a practising photographer who worked in major studios, Barrie offers some insights into why negatives did not always survive.
I have always valued the images that survived. Now I will also value the glass negatives’ bulk and weight as a testament to that survival.
Sandy Barrie can be contacted on email@example.com and is keen to hear from the relatives of Australian photographers. He is preparing a new edition of his book, which thanks to the National Library of Australia’s Trove will contain almost three times the data despite the impact on his research of the January 2011 Queensland floods.
Jenny Sloggett is an Archivist working in the Archives Control and Management section of State Records NSW.
State Records, like other archives, is keen to promote its collection to the public. One way it does this is through talks to groups from local and family history societies and libraries. One such talk was given at Newcastle Region Library for Seniors Week on Wednesday 20 March 2013 by Janette Pelosi, Senior Archivist, Context and Documentation. Janette is project coordinator for Sentenced beyond the Seas: Australia’s early convict records and her talk featured many stories from these recently digitised convict records.
As part of the promotion for the talk the Library arranged for Janette to be interviewed by Carol Duncan (@carolduncan) (Afternoons) on 1233 ABC Newcastle Radio (@1233Newcastle) on Tuesday 19 March 2013. A big thanks to 1233 ABC Newcastle for allowing State Records to provide the interview online.
Note: Sentenced beyond the Seas – the story so far
Sentenced beyond the Seas has been promoted through an exhibition of the First Fleet Indents at Parliament House . Articles on this convict digitisation project have appeared in Descent, Inside History Magazine and on the Australian Geographic web site. There have been talks to the Botany Bay Family History Society (14 February), the Society of Australian Genealogists (16 February), Newcastle Region Library (20 March) and Windsor Library (10 April) as well as media such as the Sydney Morning Herald ‘Stay in Touch’ and ‘Column 8’ as well as local papers such as the Lithgow Mercury. State Records press releases resulted in radio interviews on ABC Riverina, 630 ABC News Radio Sydney, ABC South East and ABC Newcastle. The project has even received a favourable mention in NSW Parliament (Hansard: State_Records_Legislative_Council_20130312 .)
An undated photo of Darling Harbour to sustain us over the Easter break!
Can you date this photograph?
Bente Jensen, archivist Aalborg City Archives
Christmas 2012 will soon be History. This was the slogan of Aalborg City Archives’* Christmas project last year using social media as: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. The City Archives have celebrated Christmas through calendars with historical films and photos on Facebook, website and Flickr the last couple of years. This year, we added an accession of Christmas photos through social media: Why?
The Christmas Market in Aalborg (photo Anders_Hammer)
First because the City Archives lack modern Christmas photographs in the holding. We hold many photographs from the 1900s but lack contemporary documentation of Christmas. At the same time Christmas is a good opportunity because everybody in Denmark connects something with the season.
Secondly because the archives wanted to test a new accession method and user involvement to use in future projects in 2013, # juleniaalborg is a preliminary project.
3rd because we wanted to test whether people wanted to join and if they did, who would?
4th because from a historical point of view it is interesting, which motives people associate with #Christmasinaalborg 2012