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Memento : Issue 23
2 In 1944, at the age of 24, he was appointed as the Commonwealth Government's first Archives Officer at the Commonwealth National Library. One of Ian's primary duties, which he tackled single-handedly, was to consult departments on the appraisal, transfer and preservation of their records. This continues to be one of the National Archives' main roles today. The one-man Archives section expanded to become the Archives Division in 1948, which evolved into the Commonwealth Archives Office in 1960, headed by Ian until 1968. In 1958 a Commonwealth government scholarship took him to Europe and North America, allowing him to bring overseas archival best practice back to Australia. Ian's career included a period spent in Bangkok, from 1968 to 1974, as the Principal Archivist for the South East Asia Treaty Organisation (SEATO). After returning to Australia he was briefly the Director of the newly established Australian Archives, 1974--75, then Deputy Keeper of Public Records in Victoria, 1975--76, and later the Principal Archivist at the Archives Authority of NSW until his retirement in 1980. His contribution to the archival system for government records used today encompassed both intellectual and practical aspects. The series system, used for the intellectual control of records, was conceived by Peter Scott under Ian's leadership. Ian was responsible for the Type 1 box, now widely used for storing archival records. Ian's contribution to archives went beyond Australia. As a consultant for UNESCO, he assisted and advised a number of developing countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific on the development of their archives. His active role in the archival profession included his inaugural vice-presidency of the Australian Society of Archivists. In recognition of his service to archives and the archival profession, Ian Maclean was made a member of the Order of Australia in 1996. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of his appointment as Archives Officer, the National Archives published The Records Continuum: Ian Maclean and the Australian Archives First Fifty Years in 1994. We are currently planning a fellowship in his honour. Ian will long be remembered as one of the founders of the Australian archival profession. He was an influential figure in the development of the archival system for government that we know and use today. Ian Maclean a lifetime in archives (1919--2003) memento may 2003 Ian Maclean was the first archivist responsible for the Commonwealth Archives. He died on 26 February, leaving behind many good friends and colleagues in the archives community. Digitised versions and transcripts of Flinders' logs and diaries, and a national calendar of events, can be viewed at www.slnsw.gov.au/flinders. Visit this rare exhibition in our Canberra gallery until 22 June 2003. You can join public talks and exhibition tours by exhibition curator Paul Brunton and others (see back page for details). Flinders sails into the Archives (continued) Minister for the Arts and Sport, Rod Kemp (right) with exhibition curator Paul Brunton.