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Memento : Issue 22
Beacons january 2003 Another former Minister has joined the ranks of Prime Ministers, Ministers and senior government officials whose personal and official records are held in our collection. 4 memento It's no surprise that solo yachtsman Ian Kiernan considers lighthouses a sailor's friend. Shown here with Acting Director-General Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, Ian Kiernan launched our exhibition Beacons by the Sea: Stories of Australian Lighthouses in November last year. The exhibition is on show in our Canberra gallery until 16 February 2003 before travelling to regional galleries and museums across Australia. Check the back page for details. Beacons Ian Sinclair, a lawyer, farmer and politician, represented the people of New England in Parliament for over 30 years. During his career, he held a number of ministerial posts and served as Leader of the National Party and Speaker of the House. More recently he is known for his leadership of the 1998 Constitutional Convention. Before Ian Sinclair left his historic property 'Glencair' in New England, he called us to discuss what to do with his large collection of records. Together with the University of New England and Regional Archives, we set about the huge task of sorting 200 boxes of his personal copies of ministerial correspondence, committee records and constituent correspondence. Our aim was to ensure that future generations have access to an important part of Australian history. Common- wealth records will be kept in the National Archives to complement departmental records and other Ministers' records, while the consti- tuent material will remain in the local area with other collections such as those of Sir Earle Page, WJ McCarthy, WA Chaffey, DH Drummond and the New State Movement. light the way light the way