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Memento : Issue 25
18 MEMENTO News from the National Archives Our photographic collection THEY SAY THAT A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS. With a photographic collection of more than a million images, that must make the Archives a pretty big talker! Our photographic collection covers almost every facet of Australian life since the late 19th century -- from rugby to royalty, trains to telescopes, and beaches to ballet. The easiest way to identify photographs in the collection is via our electronic catalogue PhotoSearch which can be accessed through our website at www.naa.gov.au. PhotoSearch contains more than half a million captions, 80,000 of them with digitised images. Each month we add several thousand new images. PhotoSearch users can search all photographic item entries by words or phrases, by series number, by date or by subject. For example, if you key in the word 'ballet', PhotoSearch lists over 2,000 images. If you then further refine your search and key in the word 'Helpmann', 100 photo captions are listed, including our cover image. High quality prints or high-resolution digital copies of images found on PhotoSearch may be ordered by clicking the 'purchase copy' link that accompanies each image. Our digitisation on demand service also allows you to request a low-resolution online version of an image. A comprehensive overview of our photographic collection can be found in our latest guide, Australia in Focus: Photographs in the National Archives. This is an essential reference tool for anyone wanting to search our full photographic collection. The guide lists photographic series under broad subject categories such as immigration, transport, Australian life and defence. It can also help you find photographs that are on a file or document. Aerial photographs used for maps, for example, may well be found in files relating to that topic rather than in a photographic series. At a cost of $10, Australia in Focus can be purchased through our website at www.naa.gov.au, by phoning (02) 6212 3609, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The guide is also available free online via our website. Several keen-eyed readers have informed us that in the last issue of Memento we misnamed one of the rock 'n' rollers featured in a photo on page 5. The third person in the trio on the far right was Johnny Devlin, not Digger Revell as our caption indicated. Thank you to those who remember those golden days so well! Mistaken identity Sir Robert Helpmann pauses for a smoke in his dressing room. NAA: A1500, K20945 From left to right: Dig Richards, Johnny O'Keefe and Johnny Devlin. NAA: SP1011, item 3597