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Memento : Issue 24
18 MEMENTO News from the National Archives NAA: B1000, item 3 You can see Archie in our next major exhibition, It's a Dog's Life -- Animals in the Public Service, opening in November in Canberra. The exhibition tells the stories of animals that have worked in the service of government -- transport camels, military horses, customs dogs, and even microscopic nematodes. And, of course, the public servant that took one look at its duty statement and hopped away -- the cane toad. Australia has been, and still is, shaped in part by the labour of animals. The exhibition is about this part of our history -- and about a little-recognised part of our collection. Meet Archie -- the pest controller at our Brighton repository during the 1950s. These days there are no more Archies in the Archives. The feline rodent reducers that once patrolled buildings and worked on ships have been displaced by technology -- chemical rodent control. A cat's tale