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Memento : Issue 23
The Constitutional Alphabet NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF AUSTRALIA 'I want to see a Human,' said Snugglepot. 'In the distance,' said Cuddlepie. 'Wattleblossom babies' by May Gibbs, 1916. © 1916--2003 The Northcott Society and the Spastic Centre of New South Wales. 15 From the 1870s until 1968, anyone wishing to register copyright of their work was required to submit an application and a copy of their work to the government agency res- ponsible for copyright. This registration system has created a unique record of Australian literary, artistic and theatrical endeavour. Our copyright collection showcases creative works in many formats, including board games, novels, theatre scripts, maps, songs and photographs. It encompasses works that are both familiar and obscure. From Mademoiselle Lotty's titillating 'poses plastiques' to the propaganda of The Peril of Melbourne, there is something to interest everyone. Amongst the famous names to be found is May Gibbs, the creator of Gum-nut Babies (1916), Tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie (1918) and other children's books. Looking at the delightful drawings in our collection, it is easy to understand why they continue to hold appeal today. May Gibbs' wide-eyed wattleblossom babies have lost nothing of their original sweetness and humour. The guide costs $10.00 and can be purchased online through our website, by phoning (02) 6212 3609, emailing email@example.com, or visiting one of our offices. It can also be viewed online on our website at www.naa.gov.au. may 2003 memento If you've ever wanted to learn about our Constitution without getting knee- deep in legislation, our video could be just what you need. The Constitutional Alphabet can be viewed in our Federation Gallery in Canberra, where the Constitution itself shares a showcase with the Royal Commission of Assent. Together they are our national 'birth certificate'. Marrying each letter of the alphabet with an aspect of the Constitution -- such as M for Migration, Q for Queen, and even T for Trucks -- the video uses pop stars, school students, lawyers and politicians to explain Australia's most important legal document. Familiar faces include Peter Garrett, George Negus, Jackie Kelly, Jason Yat-sen Li, John Moriarty, Elizabeth Evatt, Bud Tingwell and Lindsay Fox. Produced by the Archives in association with Jack Morton Worldwide, the video targets the National SOSE (Studies of Society and the Environment) and HSIE (Human Society and Its Environment) curriculums, years 7--10. It has been enthusiastically received as a teaching resource, with free copies sent to over 2000 secondary schools in Australia. The video runs for 14 minutes and is available in VHS format. Copies can be purchased for $19.95 by visiting our online shop at www.naa.gov.au, by phoning (02) 6212 3609, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Our creative nation Our forthcoming research guide reveals one of the most intriguing parts of our collection. A Nation's Imagination: Australia's Copyright Records, 1854--1968 describes records in our collection on copyright registration since before Federation. NAA: A1861, 3609 The Constitution -- simple as ABC!