Turner’s ‘Truly Australian’ postcards!

Dr. Amir Mogadam, Paige Wright In Australia in 1906, the postcard industry was booming. J. A. Turner’s paintings were popular and commonly reproduced by Australian publishers. “The Enemy” (left image) from the Allan Family Postcard Collection is one example. It is a reproduction of Turner’s larger (100.3x 151.1 cm) oil on canvas painting titled “On Guard” (1892) … More Turner’s ‘Truly Australian’ postcards!

Vale Chris Bourne – Cultural Collections Digitisation Officer and Project Assistant dies aged 62

It is with great sadness that we convey the news that our wonderful friend and colleague, Chris Bourne, passed away in the early hours of Valentine’s Day 14 February 2020 aged 62. Christopher Owen Bourne was born on the 31 July 1957. He was educated at Jame Ruse Agricultural High School and matriculated in 1976 … More Vale Chris Bourne – Cultural Collections Digitisation Officer and Project Assistant dies aged 62

Kon, Koun or Koin – Supreme Invisible and Unknown Being of the Aboriginal Peoples of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie

KON or KOUN (pronounced ‘cone’) – The Great Unknown Being and his wife TIPPAKALLEEN Threlkeld, L.E. Australian Reminiscences & Papers of L.E.Threlkeld, Missionary to the Aborigines, 1824-1859. 2 vols, ed. Niel Gunson. Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, 1974. References: see pp. 3, 5, 41, 62-63, 77-78 and pp. 192 – 193. 1825 KOEN Threlkeld … More Kon, Koun or Koin – Supreme Invisible and Unknown Being of the Aboriginal Peoples of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie

Reminiscences of Biraban or M’Gill and Patty by the Rev. Lancelot Threlkeld

  The first story comes from Threlkeld, L. E. (Lancelot Edward), 1788-1859. A key to the structure of the Aboriginal language : being an analysis of the particles used as affixes, to form the various modifications of the verbs : shewing the essential powers, abstract roots, and other peculiarities of the language spoken by the … More Reminiscences of Biraban or M’Gill and Patty by the Rev. Lancelot Threlkeld

NFSA Digital Directions 2019 – The future of digital culture

On November 14 – 15, 2019 I attended the 5th annual Digital Directions symposium ‘The future of digital culture’ 2-day symposium hosted by the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) Canberra. International and Australian specialists working with cultural collections, digital technologies and interactive experiences contributed knowledge and spoke about some extraordinary projects. A pre-symposium Digital Preservation … More NFSA Digital Directions 2019 – The future of digital culture

“A breath of fresh air in more ways than one” Inspirations from the National Digital Forum, NZ 2019

From the 18 to 24 November 2019 I was afforded the wonderful opportunity to briefly escape the Australian bush fires and choking smoke, and travel to the the windy city of Wellington in New Zealand to clear the lungs and mind and speak at the National Digital Forum. All the presentations from the National Digital … More “A breath of fresh air in more ways than one” Inspirations from the National Digital Forum, NZ 2019

Preserving a Local Collection of Early 1900s Postcards – The Allan Project

A 1914-1915(?) French postcard warning “They are coming, they are coming… Cossacks to Berlin!!!” Preserving a collection of  Early 1900s postcards Report 1, Jan 2020 Dr. Amir Moghadam Zane Metcalfe Project Significance Historical Background Emergence of the global postal system during the 19th century opened up new possibilities for communication among people as a result … More Preserving a Local Collection of Early 1900s Postcards – The Allan Project