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Considering “The Power of the Archive” – A Response

Last week, Annelie de Villiers posted a piece on her blog – Considering “The Power of the Archive”. This response continues the conversation started there. When considering the power of the archive, the term ‘power’ can have numerous meanings: political power; the power to change or affect a situation; emotive or affective power; or even […]

Preservation, presentation, and possibility: oral histories in a complex age

On Saturday, 10 June 2017, I was invited to give the keynote at Oral History Victoria’s symposium ‘Oral history in a digital age‘. This post is an edited version of that talk. A little over a hundred years ago, the ethnographer and anthropologist Frances Densmore sat down with the Blackfoot chief, Mountain Chief. She was […]

The Ernest Westlake Archive: the extensive online resource behind Into The Heart of Tasmania

Stories in Stone: an annotated history and guide to the collections and papers of Ernest Westlake (1855-1922) by Rebe, Mike and Gavan McCarthy of the University of Melbourne’s eScholarship Research Centre, makes available the digitised papers of Ernest Westlake, including those created during his journey to Tasmania in 1908-1910, when he collected over 13,000 stone tools.

Here are Rebe and Mike to tell the story of the archive and explain how two publications and two journeys became entwined.

What have I learned?

This is the second of three related blog posts to start the year, all reflecting on where I am professionally and what lies ahead. The first post, How did I end up here?, talks about how I became an archivist; this post tries to sum up some of the things I’ve worked out getting to this point; […]

How did I end up here?

This is the first of three related blog posts to start the year, all reflecting on where I am professionally and what lies ahead. It talks about how I became an archivist. The second post, What have I learned?, tries to sum up some of the things I’ve worked out getting to this point; and the […]

2016

What a year. So many aspects of 2016 were awful in so many ways. The horror-shows that were Brexit and the US election. The rise of minor parties and failures of policy and basic humanity (Dutton anyone?) that characterise the Australian political landscape pre- and post-election. Heartbreaking stories of refugees fleeing for Europe and the plight […]

Ubiquitous Archives

Our session on Ubiquitous Archives from the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA) Conference in Parramatta, Sydney, Australia, 20 October 2016.

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