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Memento : Issue 23
A summer Every year we host two university scholars over the summer to complete a research project on our collection. This summer Catherine Arscott and Dieter Michel spent six weeks in Canberra, experiencing everything from cold storage vaults to bush fires. This is what they found. Catherine Arscott explores immigration Australia's post-World War II immigration program was the most extensive peacetime operation ever undertaken by Australia. My research focused on some of the challenges faced by government, migrants and the Australian public in the implementation of various migration and displaced person resettlement schemes. These challenges included recruiting migrants from depleting sources of 'desirable' migrants, allaying antagonism towards migrants, encouraging migrants to adopt the Australian 'way of life', and justifying a racially discriminating policy in the face of increasing international pressure. Catherine was delighted to find a rich variety of records including beautiful sketches of migrant recruitment posters, selection reports, Learn English radio exercise booklets, migration agreements, speeches, correspondence and Cabinet submissions. Catherine is studying Arts/Law at the University of Queensland and will undertake her Honours in History in 2004. Dieter Michel researches drought My research topic was Australia's political and cultural response to drought. My findings will contribute to the 2004 Archives exhibition Just Add Water. I discovered a wealth of material at the Archives, including correspondence files, photographs, Cabinet documents, press files and even music. This material provided incredible insights into not only the various governments' responses to such times of crisis, but also how our society conceptualises the environment in which we live. Dieter's research revealed some surprising suggestions offered as ways to combat drought, from the establishment of a federal Rainmaking Commission to the use of atomic bombs to create artificial lakes or to change weather patterns. None of these ideas were implemented. Dieter studied history at Newcastle University, and this year started a PhD at the University of Sydney, researching nuclear development within the British Commonwealth. Summer scholars Catherine Arscott and Dieter Michel rug up for a search through the cold storage room in our Mitchell repository. spent exploring spent exploring 17 may 2003 memento Burrinjuck Dam during the drought of summer 1968. NAA: A1200, L69804 A summer " " " "