On the 19th of March 1932 the Sydney Harbour Bridge was officially opened. To mark the 79th Anniversary of this occassion our Digitisation Officer Tara Majoor has put together a photographic montage of the construction of the bridge.
Our first link post for the year of just some of the interesting items we have found online.
Remember him? We previously posted a link to the YouTube video featuring Digi Man in “Digital Preservation and Nuclear Disaster: An Animation”
Scandals, Crime and Corruption: History Week 2009 will be a wild journey through the dark shadows of our past. Discover the scandals, crime and corruption that have shocked us over time and shaped our history, sometimes in unexpected ways.
In keeping with this criminal theme we have put together this entertaining video Registry of Flash Men. It is a unique insight into the criminal underworld in Sydney during the 1840s.
The video features extracts from the journal Registry of Flash Men narrated by its writer ‘William Augustus Miles’ (aka Fabian LoSchiavo)
The journal was an official surveillance record by William Augustus Miles who was Superintendent, then Commissioner, of Sydney Police in New South Wales from July 1840 to July 1848. Miles held the belief that much crime was caused by the contamination of innocent people, and that most of the crime in Sydney was the result of former convicts mixing with free immigrants. He believed that the criminal class required constant surveillance by the police.
- View the complete manuscript and transcription (State Records website)
Collections Australia Network (CAN) is a public gateway to collecting institutions across Australia. CAN is currently involved in an open federated search project – the aim is to provide a single (or federated) search of the record collections of its partners which include libraries, galleries, museums and archives all across Australia.
Christine Yeats, Manager of Public Access at State Records NSW, was recently interviewed by CAN. She spoke about collection searching on CAN as a way of bringing documents and archives to life when alongside objects from other institutions.
Read more on the CAN Outreach blog – it includes a transcript of the YouTube video below, very handy if you can’t access YouTube from work.
- See other related videos on the collectionsaustralia YouTube Channel
Christine Yeats will be a regular contributor to the Archives Ouside blog. She manages the Public Access program at State Records NSW, providing direction for its principal streams of activity – the reading room services, research, outreach and other public activities and initiatives. Christine is also Treasurer of the History Council; Convenor of the ASA Reference, Access and Public Programs Special Interest Group; President of the Randwick and District Historical Society; a member of the Sydney Joint Committee of the Australia Women’s Archives Project and the Professional Historians Association.
At the recent Association of Canadian Archivists Conference in May, Professor Seamus Ross from the University of Toronto gave an entertaining talk on approaches to digitisation and handling of digital materials. He showed this video, which he was involved in developing, Digital Preservation and Nuclear Disaster: An Animation featuring ‘Digi Man’. It is a lot of fun and addresses some of the issues surrounding digital records preservation.
You can see more on the Digital Preservation Europe website.
- Is your digital information at risk? [Future Proof website]