Author Archives: University of Melbourne Archives

Historic records are not relics – they are events unfolding

Stella Marr, Archivist,  University of Melbourne Archives As an archivist, it is an all too common experience to see people puzzle over your stated profession. In conversation it is usually attended with a perplexed pause; in print, it is variously and excitedly read as anarchist, or interpreted perhaps more reasonably as activist. When my inevitable […]

Germaine Greer Meets the Archivists

8 March 2017 (International Women’s Day 2017) Kathleen Fitzpatrick Lecture Theatre, The University of Melbourne By Rachel Tropea, Senior Research Archivist, Digital Scholarship (University of Melbourne), and Acting Deputy Archivist, University of Melbourne Archives ‘When people want to talk to me about me, I’m bored’ – Germaine Greer. ‘Once I am gone,  I am yours […]

Nobel Prize Winners Notebooks Windows on Laboratory Life – PART I

by Katrina Dean, University Archivist In the Melbourne winter of 1935 Frank Macfarlane Burnet, Head of the Virology Department at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) felt himself coming down with a cold. Instead of drinking a cup of tea or going home to lie down, he took a sample of his nasal mucous and […]

Nobel Prize Winners Notebooks Windows on Laboratory Life – PART II

by Katrina Dean, University Archivist (read Nobel Prize Winners Notebooks Windows on Laboratory Life – PART I here) When a serious accident in Burnet’s laboratory did happen, self-experimentation was not the cause. An experienced researcher with a growing scientific reputation, Dora Lush had recently returned to Melbourne from a fellowship at the National Institute for […]

‘Well, hello machine’: Timecoding audio in the Germaine Greer Archive

by Kate Hodgetts, Audio Cataloguer Imagine that you are a passenger in a car. The car is being driven through the British countryside. Your driver, Germaine Greer, tells you that this is her ‘Favourite road in all the world,’ and proceeds to describe the landscape in vivid, colourful detail. ‘It’s sort of dull and burnished, […]

Archive of a Refugee Scientist

Today 9 June is International Archives Day, and in September the International Council on Archives is holding its Congress in Seoul on the topic of Archives, Harmony and Friendship. In the digital age when collections and institutions are more connected we are used to thinking internationally about archives. The wanderings of pre-digital archives often reveal […]


Audiovisual collections at University of Melbourne Archives

Emma Hyde Emma Hyde began working at the University of Melbourne Archives (UMA) in 2012 as the Audiovisual Archivist in a project supported by the Miegunyah Fund to appraise UMA’s vast and uncatalogued audiovisual material. As the project is nearing completion, Emma is also heading off on maternity leave and we want to take the […]

Recent exhibition, Creativity & Correspondence: The George Paton Gallery Archive 1971-1990 and other images from the archive.

The appointment of Kiffy Rubbo in October 1971 as Director of the Ewing Gallery and Rowden White Library, marks the beginning of one of the most influential contemporary art spaces in Melbourne’s history. The Ewing Gallery (as it was then known) was established in 1938 to house a permanent exhibition of The Ewing Collection of […]


George Paton Gallery 11-27 September Creativity and Correspondence: The George Paton Gallery Archive 1971-1990 Presented by the University of Melbourne Archives Curated by Charmaine Ching, Alice Mathieu and Jeremy McEachern and Georgina Ward The University of Melbourne’s Ewing and George Paton Gallery was at the forefront of modern art experimentation in the city from the […]

Australia Council for the Arts

The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body.   The Ewing and George Paton Gallery Archive contains applications and Annual Reports to the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council from the years 1973-1990.   The first Australia Council grant round was held in 1973 and the Ewing received $3,000 […]