Here at Archives Outside we’ve been coming up with some creative ideas about posts we’d like to bring you in 2014. However, it’s not really about us, it’s about you. We’d love to hear from you and know about the type of posts you’d like to see on the blog. Here is a quick survey. Please let us know what you want!
Our Creative Producer, Susan Charlton, was interviewed recently on the ABC 702 Morning Show with Linda Mottram. She spoke about a series of photos in our collection that you’d be familiar with - NRS 12932, Original prints used in NSW trains, c.1935-c.1969
Susan has put the photos together for a slideshow-travelogue called Archive of Mesmersing Views which is being presented at the Penrith Regional Gallery, 2pm this Saturday 8 February.
Linda Mottram blogged about these scenic photos and there is also a link to the interview in the post. Susan has a great voice for radio, don’t take our word for it, it’s mentioned in the interview!
As talk of selling two NSW Government-owned sandstone buildings in Sydney hots up, we take a quick trip down memory lane and re-visit some old photos highlighting the Lands Department and Education Department in Bridge Street. The Lands Department was once an imposing building on the Sydney street-scape and you could see the magnificent dome from all angles.
Department of Lands building in central Sydney is poised to host travellers of a wholly different kind, as the state government attempts to sell the site for use as an upmarket hotel…
…The Renaissance Revival-style building in Bridge Street near Circular Quay, completed in the 1890s, was once Sydney’s largest…
…state government has invited investors to convert the historic site, and the adjacent Education Department building, into high-end hotels.
apps4nsw is a program of events to encourage the use of NSW Government data to create innovative web and mobile applications. It is currently running an online EOI (Expression of Interest Competition) in which entrants are asked to develop a concept for an app to meet one of two challenges. One of the challenges is posed by the Australian Museum and involves developing an EOI for an app to make the world of scientific illustration, in this case the Scott Sisters collection, accessible to a wide audience.
The Scott Sisters collection
The Scott sisters collection is a collection of illustrations, diaries, manuscripts, published books, social histories and botanical and insect specimens from the 1840s to 1890s linked to current data on Australian moths, butterflies and plants. The Australian Museum curated an exhibition of the Scott Sisters work in 2011.
Turn back the pages as you uncover the captivating story of these two extraordinary women whose love of nature and tremendous skill in rendering its beauty enabled them to distinguish themselves amid the male-dominated world of 19th century science.
The highlight of the exhibition is the 60 watercoloured paintings created between 1846 and 1851 for their father A.W Scott’s landmark publication Australian Lepidoptera and their Transformations.
Further information about the collection and the Scott family can be found on the Australian Museum website.
Submissions close: 2 December 2013
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Before we begin, a big thank you for your patience while we resolved our issue last week. The blog has been fully restored and hopefully there will be no further technical glitches- we are back in business!
We recently digitised NRS 20024 Photos of metropolitan, country roads ferries etc., and miscellaneous operations, NSW 1926-1946.
These images were taken by the Department of Main Roads to show roads before and after roadwork had been done.
While at first glance these images may seem mundane, the interest in the images lies in the detail. Zoom in and the bustle of daily life is revealed. It’s like google street view c. 1930!
Here are details taken from a few images in NRS 20224. Click on the images for a larger version or click the link below each image to see the original photograph in our catalogue.
242 Corner Botany and Henderson Roads. (Undated)
Digital ID: 20224_a038_000148
Great Western Highway - Parramatta. After reconstruction of widened section. (08/12/1936)
Digital ID: 20224_a038_000843
Cooks River Road, St Peters – Finished work. (12/09/1929)
Digital ID: 20224_a038_001073
New South Head Road Paddington – showing completed concrete with sand covering – Tar Macadam strip between Concrete and Tramway. Taken from Nield St. looking West. (Undated)
Digital ID: 20224_a038_000011
Pacific Highway S.H.10 [State Highway] Lane Cove Rd, North Sydney, near Mount Street. (04/05/1931)
Digital ID: 20224_a038_001290
Pennant Hills Rd, Baulkham Hills. Prior to reconstruction. (19/11/1934)
Digital ID: 20224_a038_000714
State Records’ staff were recognised at the recent Australian Society of Archivists Conference in Canberra with Mander Jones Awards for 2012 and in the 2013 President’s Awards of the Australian Society of Archivists.
On 15 October 2013 the winners of the 2012 Mander Jones Awards were announced at the Australian Society of Archivists Conference in Canberra. These awards are the highest professional recognition for those working in archival related fields in Australia and New Zealand.
State Records NSW and its staff received recognition in the following categories:
Commendation for the best finding aid to an archival collection held by an Australian institution or about Australia. (Category 3)
Presented to State Records NSW and to Janette Pelosi as Project Coordinator for Sentenced beyond the Seas: Australia’s early convict records
Janette acknowledged all those at State Records NSW, those in our partner institutions – the National Library of Australia, the State Library of New South Wales and The National Archives (UK) – and also at W & F. Pascoe Pty Ltd who contributed to the project.
The names of all contributors are on the project home page.
Mander Jones Award 2012 for best article or chapter about archives written by an Australian in an archives, library, museum or records management journal or within an anthology / monograph (Category 5)
Presented to Dr Richard Lehane for ‘Documenting sites of creation’, Archives and Manuscripts, Vol. 40 No. 3, November 2012, 171-180.
At the ASA AGM held on Tuesday 15 October 2013 Dr Richard Lehane was also one of eight ASA members acknowledged for their significant contribution to the running of the society with the awarding of a President’s Award. Richard received his President’s award “for his excellent work as an understudy to the Archives & Manuscripts Editor, with affability and an understated yet piercing intelligence”.
Mander Jones Award 2012 for the best article or chapter about archives written by an Australian in a journal or newspaper or within an anthology / monograph not primarily intended for archivists or records managers (Category 6)
Presented to Janette Pelosi for “‘Submitted for approval of the Colonial Secretary’: Popular Entertainment in the State Archives, 1828-1856”, in A World of Popular Entertainments: an edited volume of critical essays, edited by Gillian Arrighi and Victor Emeljanow, (Newcastle Upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012) Chapter 7 (pp.83-100) and Appendix A: Plays Submitted to the Colonial Secretary, NSW, Australia 1841-1856 (pp.244-249).