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Memento : Issue 22
8 memento january 2003 ur new premises in Hobart were officially opened last November by Senator Paul Calvert, President of the Senate. The Rosny Park facility served us well for 20 years, but it was time for a move to more cost-effective and accessible premises in downtown Hobart. Our new office at 85 Macquarie Street holds the records that people use the most now, and those expected to be the most popular in the future. The remainder are stored at Rosny Park. While some records have been relocated interstate, all core records of local significance remain in Hobart. The new office provides state of the art facilities for researchers including computers, facilities for laptops and notebooks, and equipment to access records in formats other than paper. It also has a spacious reading room and a comfortable area to have a break or discuss research requirements with our staff. Also at the opening (left to right) were the Hon. Alex Somlyay, MP, member of the NAA Advisory Council, Senator the Hon. Eric Abetz, Special Minister of State, and the Hon. James J. Carlton, Chairman of the NAA Advisory Council. O Hobart office moves into the city Guests at the official opening heard excerpts from the collection, including passages from the diary of Stuart Campbell who led the first Australian expedition to Heard Island, and entries from the letterbook of Mr Charles Chaulk Baudinet, Superintendent of Swan Island Lighthouse from 1867 to 1891, in which he pleads for replacement bullocks for his 'very old and quite useless' ones. Finally, readers shared excerpts from a 1944 Customs and Excise correspondence file in which a returned serviceman presents his case for more cigarettes to the rationing authority on the following grounds: 'I have been advised by my medical doctor that I am entitled to an extra 2 ounces of tobacco per week owing to a chest complaint that I suffer with and smoking is the only remedy that gives me relief.' Celebrating the Hobart office opening are (left to right) Ross Latham, Director of the Hobart office, Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, Acting Director-General, Senator the Hon. Paul Calvert, President of the Senate and Rudy Sypkes, the building owner. Our 2002 Frederick Watson Fellowship has been awarded to Garry Woodard, a research fellow in the Department of Politics at the University of Melbourne. The fellowship will enable him to complete a book on Australian foreign policy in the post-war era. 'It was a time when the Australian Government was beginning to engage more seriously with Asia. My focus will be to research and examine the motivations and interactions of the politicians and officials who drove the process,' Mr Woodard said. 'I will also surmise how Australian policy might have evolved had the cast of policy makers at any particular time been different, and also what might have been the consequences if Australia had decided not to commit troops to Vietnam in 1964--65,' he said. Calls for applications for our next Fellowship will be made in early 2003. Further information is available from Ted Ling on (02) 6212 3926 or our website at www.naa.gov.au under 'About Us'. fine fellow Another