Author Archives: University of Melbourne Archives

Women's Liberation: March on March

Women’s Liberation and Feminist Sources at UMA

Sue Fairbanks, Acting University Archivist When Germaine Greer visited Australia in 1971 to see her family and promote the paperback edition of The Female Eunuch, the Australian women’s movement was gearing up for one of its most important interventions in Australian politics. The Women’s Electoral Lobby, convened by Beatrice Faust, was formed to survey all […]

The Old View, index card

Mindswap: The Female Eunuch Index Cards

By Rachel Buchanan, Curator, Germaine Greer Archive The first card is written in a black Texta that has faded, 47 years on, to a bruised purple. In the top left-hand corner the young academic has written LINCOLN Abraham. Underneath it, the quote: “As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master.” […]

Emmeline Pankhurst to Billy Hughes

Mrs Pankhurst, her daughter and the Prime Minister: the suffragettes and the Great War

The recently released movie Suffragette has introduced a new audience to the extraordinary history of the movement for women’s suffrage in the United Kingdom, in particular its militant wing represented by Emmeline Pankhurst’s Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU). The movie ends before the declaration of the First World War, but the war was to split […]

Alice Anderson in her Kew garage workshop, c1922

A researcher visits our repository

Loretta Smith, Author Original posted on the Facebook page Alice Anderson Garage Girl. For those who have ever done research, have you experienced the wonder of discovering something unexpected in an unlikely place that stops your heart? I’ve had a few experiences like this through the course of discovering Alice’s story but what I’m about […]

Farewell to Christine Elias

Suzanne Fairbanks, Deputy Archivist Sophie Garrett, Assistant Archivist At the end of June 2015 the University of Melbourne Archives (UMA) will say farewell to Christine Elias who has been with us on a project contract since August 2013. During the almost two years that she has been with us, Christine has been the backbone of the Locations […]

Locating, labelling and listing: the Locations Data Upgrade Project

As a substantial project approaches its culmination, UMA celebrates a number of benefits for researchers and staff and donors. Due to the UMA Digital Finding Aids Project sponsored by the RE Ross Trust and the Locations Data Upgrade Project sponsored by the Miegunyah Fund, there are now 1520 lists of detailed (box or file level) collection […]

Crying in the Wilderness or, Nursing in the Twilight of Australian Colonialism

Charles Cornwallis (University of Melbourne Bachelor of Arts student) The last 15 years of Australian administration in the Territory of Papua and New Guinea were a period of rapid social and political change. Even within this context, a particularly unusual position was occupied by the expatriate public servants working in the Territory’s Administration. Evidence in […]

Plastic advertising sign, Agents for National Mutual Fire Insurance Company Ltd, c1970

A Tale of Two Heritages

Shane Talia is a recent graduate of the Master of Cultural Heritage program at Deakin University. From October 2013 to March 2014, he completed an internship as an Archival Documentation Project Officer at UMA. This placement formed part of the University’s 2013 Cultural Collections Projects Program.  The values, ideologies and ambitions of a corporation are […]

Sandow no 1

William Kennedy Laurie Dickson- A Legacy of the Moving Image

Emma Hyde UMA’s holdings span three centuries of audiovisual formats and recent findings in the collection represent the very beginnings of what we now know as motion picture film. Through genealogical research by descendants of William Kennedy Laurie Dickson and a recent audit conducted at University of Melbourne Archives a number of early 35mm film […]