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Memento : Issue 26
Archives Dr Gwenda Tavan visited our Canberra office in February to complete research for her book on the dismantling of the White Australia Policy. Gwenda’s work came to our attention through the Frederick Watson Fellowship scheme, which assisted with her travel expenses from Victoria, where she is a lecturer in the Department of Politics at La Trobe University. Summer scholars Laura Ferguson and Matthew Peckham spent six weeks at the Archives in Canberra completing research projects based on records in our collection. Laura researched the history of dung beetles in Australia while Matthew investigated Australian government policy on the resettlement of displaced persons in Australia after World War II. Their work will feature in our websites and exhibitions. More than 900 visitors turned up at our Canberra building for the Family History Fair in April. There was something for everyone, from family history talks to horse and carriage rides. Shown here are Drew McLean (left) and Dave Mackin, members of the Fire Brigade Historical Society of the ACT in front of the 1923 Albion fire engine, Canberra’s first motorised fire engine. Constable Sy Humphrey from the Australian Federal Police demonstrates how he rewards his labrador, Uriel, with a tug-of-war when she detects something awry on the job. They were part of a week of events held to coincide with our exhibition It’s a Dog’s Life. Our latest research guide on Australia–Japan relations, Allies, Enemies and Trading Partners, was launched at the Museum of Sydney on 26 March 2004 to coincide with the museum’s exhibition Kiichiro Ishida and the Sydney Camera Circle 1920–1940s. Celebrating the launch of the guide are (left to right) Sue Hunt, Senior Curator at the Museum of Sydney, Pam Oliver, the guide’s author, Yasuaki Nogawa, Japan’s Consul-General in Sydney, and Ross Gibbs, our Director-General. (See story on pp. 16–17.) May 2004 MEMENTO 15