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Memento : Issue 23
12 memento may 2003 Actor Gregory Peck completed an alien registration form when visiting Australia in 1959. NAA: MP697/1 Participants in Work for the Dole projects have been helping to preserve and improve public access to our records in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Perth and have found some famous names in the process. NAA: K269, SUEVIC 9 NOV 1926 Participants in the Melbourne project have been working on alien registration records. Under the Aliens Act 1947, each State was required to keep a register of 'aliens' -- immigrants or visitors to Australia. Alien registration records are the forms that people were required to complete. Project participants have been re- packaging the documents into acid-free folders to preserve and protect them, and capturing data from the forms. Once the data has been uploaded onto our RecordSearch database, people are able to search for records on either themselves or their family, by name. Data from almost 15,000 records have been captured so far. Not even movie stars were exempt from the registration process. Among the 'aliens' in our records are Gregory Peck, Fred Astaire, Ava Gardner and Anthony Perkins, who visited Australia in 1959 to film the movie On the Beach. Project participants in Adelaide and Sydney are also dealing with alien registration records. The Adelaide project is capturing the movement of immigrants and visitors, including students, to South Australia after World War II. The project in Sydney involves data entry and repackaging alien registration forms for people entering New South Wales from 1948 to 1968. In Perth, project participants have been entering over 100,000 names and other data into a passenger index for ships arriving in Fremantle. So far they have entered data for 1926--27, including surname, given name, title, ship name, port of embarkation, port of disembarkation and arrival date in Fremantle. The index also includes passengers who travelled further on the same ship and disembarked in other Australian or overseas ports. These projects are proving to be of great value, not only by increasing access to our collection but also by enhancing participants' computer and office skills.