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Memento : Issue 26
Last September our Australia’s Prime Ministers website (primeministers.naa.gov.au) won the Mander Jones Award for the ‘best finding aid for an archival collection’. Presented by the Australian Society of Archivists, it was our 11th Mander Jones Award and the first to be given to a website. The Prime Ministers Papers Project, comprising the website and several research guides, was shortlisted last December for a 2003 Centre for Australian Cultural Studies (CACS) Award. The CACS Awards are sponsored by the University of Canberra and the University of New South Wales. Our exhibition booklet A Vision Splendid: How the Griffins Imagined Australia’s Capital won a 2003 Australian Publishers Association (APA) Book Design Award, against stiff competition from other cultural institutions. Last May we scooped three awards in the Museums Australia Publications Design Awards for publications designed ‘in- house’ by our design section. Developing Images: Mildenhall’s Photographs of Early Canberra, compiled by Mary Hutchison, won best designed book; An Anthropologist in Papua: The Photography of FE Williams, 1992–39 by Michael Young and Julia Clark was runner-up in the same category; and our Federation teachers kit, 1901 and All That, was joint winner of the ‘Education’ category. This was the third gong for the popular teaching kit that previously won an Award of Excellence in Educational Publishing and was commended for an APA Book Design Award. Our books have also been recognised for their high print quality. Canberra following Griffin: A Design History of Australia’s National Capital won best ‘Casebound Book’ in the Printing Industries Craftsmanship Awards in 2002 and Developing Images won a Silver Medal in the National Print Awards in 2001. The full list of our publications – and their gongs – is available on our website at www.naa.gov.au. Accolades for the Archives We’ve made some changes to our copying service for defence service records, which should make it faster. Payment for black-and-white photocopies of World War I and II service records is now required at the time of ordering them. Previously we raised an invoice to send with the ordered copies. Pre-payment will eliminate this step and should reduce researchers’ waiting time. Standard black-and-white photocopies of wartime Army and RAAF service records cost $16.20 per record (includes GST) or $14.70 in Australian dollars (excludes GST) for overseas purchases. Standard black-and-white photocopies of Navy service cards are still supplied for free. For more information, follow the ‘Service Records’ link on our website. OUR PUBLICATIONS AND WEBSITES are one way of highlighting the treasures in our collection for everyone to see. The awards they have attracted recently seem to show they are hitting the mark. Ordering copies of defence service records 18 MEMENTO News from the National Archives