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Memento : Issue 27
Professor RG (Bob) Neale AO, first Director-General of the National Archives, passed away in Canberra on 1 May 2004 at the age of 85. He had been appointed Professor of the History Department of the University of Queensland in 1965, where in addition to teaching he undertook research and writing on political and diplomatic history. As Editor of Historical Documents in the Department of Foreign Affairs, one of his enduring legacies is the series of volumes entitled Documents on Australian Foreign Policy 1937--49. In 1975 Professor Neale was appointed the first Director-General of the Australian Archives. His task was to transform a relatively small and obscure organisation into a nationally recognised institution providing high quality recordkeeping and archiving services to the Australian government and people. Perhaps his greatest achievement was the enactment of the Archives Act in 1984. This task took nearly a decade of Professor Neale's skill, tenacity and diplomacy, and ensured that Australia gained national archival legislation that continues to serve us well. Professor Neale retired in 1984, but together with his wife Ann was a welcome guest at our events in Canberra. It clearly gave him much pleasure that the Archives at last had a national building for which he had campaigned so determinedly. Professor Neale is remembered with affection and respect by all who knew him at the Archives as a loyal friend and a visionary leader. Vale Professor Neale Professor RG Neale, 1919--2004. To those of us who remember, it really is hard to believe that 40 years have passed since the Beatles spent 10 hard day's nights in Australia. Well, we have our own slice of Fab Four memorabilia to prove it! See page 8. National Archives contacts National Reference Service Tel: 1300 886 881 Fax: 1300 886 882 Email: email@example.com World War I service records Email: firstname.lastname@example.org World War II service records Email: email@example.com Memento is a free publication of the National Archives of Australia. It is issued three times a year in hard copy and online. To subscribe, fax, phone or email us (see details below). Subscriptions: Te l : (02) 6212 3609 Fax: (02) 6212 3914 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Editorial inquiries: Tel: (02) 6212 3923 Email: email@example.com Address: Queen Victoria Terrace Parkes ACT 2600 PO Box 7425 Canberra Business Centre ACT 2610 Internet: www.naa.gov.au/publications NAA: SSP1011, 1050 Courtesy of ABC Archives 2 MEMENTO News from the National Archives The National Archives is an Australian government agency. September 2004 Issue 27 ISSN 1327-4155