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Memento : Issue 25
16 MEMENTO News from the National Archives IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR, we celebrated the 100th birthday of the High Court with the opening of our exhibition, No Common Creation. On opening night Justice Callinan of the High Court addressed 100 invited guests, including such distinguished members of the legal profession as Justice Ken Hayne and Justice Dyson Heydon of the High Court; Chief Justice Jeffrey Miles of the Supreme Court of the ACT; the Honourable John Von Doussa, President of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission; Justice John Faulks and Justice Mary Finn of the Family Court of Australia. Close relationship between the High Court and the Archives Introducing Justice Callinan, Paul Santamaria, QC, deputy chair of our Advisory Council, spoke about the close relationship between the High Court and the Archives: From its commencement in 1903, the High Court accumulated all manner of files in its Registry, together with judges' notebooks and other records of the Court. In late 1994, the Archives assisted the Court to develop a long-term management program for its records. By the end of 1996, the records of the High Court covering the period from 1903 to 1930, had been transferred to the Archives. In 2003 the Archives and the High Court began the process of transferring to our custody about 500 shelf metres of Court records created between 1930 and 1980. The Court is providing funding for this project as part of its 100th birthday celebrations. In his introduction, Mr Santamaria also spoke briefly about the significance of the third arm of government: NO COMMON Judge's full-bottom wig worn by Sir Samuel Griffith, the first Chief Justice. These wigs were worn by High Court Justices until the Mason Court commenced in 1987. Wig courtesy of the High Court of Australia. Gathered at the opening of our High Court exhibition in the Treasures Gallery, Canberra were (left to right): co-curator Roslyn Russell, Justice Ian Callinan, Justice Kenneth Hayne, Director-General Ross Gibbs, Justice Dyson Heydon and Paul Santamaria, QC.