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Memento : Issue 26
VISITORS TO OUR BRISBANE OFFICE should be pleasantly surprised by the results of our recent facelift and fit-out. Our Brisbane building needed an overhaul, so the choice was to move or to renovate. After consulting Queensland researchers we decided to stay at Cannon Hill, which was voted the most convenient place to view our local Queensland records. As well as a new reading room for researchers, we now have a state-of- the-art repository with space to store 21,000 metres of records and room for future transfers. To make visiting easier, we have added a new entrance on Corporate Drive and extra visitor parking. Officially opening the new premises in February, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister and Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, the Hon. Gary Hardgrave commented: ‘I have no doubt that the upgrade we celebrate today will signal the beginning of a new era for the National Archives’ commitment here in Queensland and result in even greater use of this wonderful national resource’. Our Director-General Ross Gibbs said that the changes express our commitment to researchers who want to hold history in their hands. And in the words of our Brisbane Director, David Swift: ‘While the new facility is grand, the real treasures lie in the records it holds’. At the recent public Open Day, over 400 people came to inspect the new facilities and take a ‘behind the scenes’ tour. They were treated to a display of some of our most valued and carefully preserved Queensland records, including surveyor John Bradford’s 1883 journal, trademarks such as an 1894 Castlemaine XXXX trademark, and photographs from the Loder collection of postal and telegraph images from the late 1800s. Researchers will discover a double bonus when visiting the new premises. The State Library of Queensland has temporarily relocated its John Oxley Library, Family History Unit, Indigenous Library Service, and Maps and Plans Unit to the site while awaiting an upgrade to its own premises in South Brisbane. So, drop in to our new digs in Brisbane soon and discover a bit of Queensland history for yourself! (far left) The building occupied by our Brisbane office since 1962. (left) New Brisbane office building, 2004. (above) Open Day visitors examining treasures held in our Brisbane office. (right) Colin Bradford stands next to a display on his great-uncle John Richard Bradford’s 1883 survey expedition to Cape York. JR Bradford’s survey plans and journal are currently on display in our Brisbane office. m akeover BRISBANE’S extreme 6 MEMENTO News from the National Archives