Archives and Societal Provenance. Australian Essays by Michael Piggott

By Michael Piggott

Files and archival preparations in Australia are globally appropriate simply because Australia's indigenous humans symbolize the oldest dwelling tradition on this planet, and since sleek Australia is an ex-colonial society now seriously multicultural in outlook. documents and Societal Provenance explores this specialty utilizing the theoretical thought of societal provenance as propounded by means of Canadian archival students led by means of Dr Tom Nesmith. The book's seventeen essays combination new writing and re-workings of prior paintings, comprising the fi rst textual content to use a societal provenance standpoint to a countrywide setting.

After a prologue by means of Professor Michael Moss entitled A prologue to the afterlife, this identify comprises 4 sections. the 1st considers old issues in Australian recordkeeping. the second one covers the various associations which make the Australian archival tale particular, akin to the Australian warfare Memorial and leading ministerial libraries. The 3rd discusses the formation of information. The fourth and ultimate half explores debates surrounding documents in Australia. The ebook concludes by way of contemplating the proposal of an archival afterlife.

  • Presents fabric from a life's occupation operating and brooding about information and documents and their a number of relationships with heritage, biography, tradition and society
  • The first publication to concentration in particular at the Australian archival scene
  • Covers a large choice of issues, together with: the theoretical proposal of the documents continuum; census documents destruction; best Ministerial Libraries; and the documentation of war

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See the 2008 Australian Law Reform Commission report For Your Information: Australian Privacy Law and Practice (ALRC Report 108), especially the discussion in Chapter 30 regarding ‘Multi-purpose Identifiers. au/ publications/report-108 (accessed 23 July 2011). See Rodney Tiffen and Ross Gittins, How Australia Compares (Pt Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 2004), p. 11, and for the reasons for the 17 countries selected for comparison, see pp. 1–3. aspx (accessed 23 July 2011). For passports, see Jane Doulman and David Lee, Every Assistance and Protection: A History of the Australian Passport (Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia and the Federation Press, 2008).

3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Did one replace the other? The answer is decidedly no if ‘from-to’ assumes the status quo ante is rapidly or gradually obliterated. With the first Australians, traditional ways of communicating and recording continued to be practised and at the same time British modes were adopted and adapted, as Penny van Toorn shows in Writing Never Arrives Naked: Early Aboriginal Cultures of Writing in Australia (Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press, 2006). F. Davies, Essays in Political Sociology (Melbourne: Cheshire Publishing, 1972), p.

All this was complicated by factors such as the vastly scattered centres of population and the need to develop the spaces between them. During and in the aftermath of two world wars, governments were expected to solve increasingly complex social and economic problems. All this had direct record-creating implications. 16 Bureaucratic red tape Against this background, two distinctively Australian tendencies may be discerned. One is the role of central government authority. From the very beginning, the population relied on it – though not entirely – for food, health, instruction and social order.

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