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Memento : Issue 20
may 2002 memento 13 Adele's father, Jack Mildenhall, was the official government photographer for Canberra in the 1920s and 30s. During this time he captured around 7700 images of the emerging national capital on glass plate negatives now held in our collection. The Archives book Developing Images: Mildenhall's Photographs of Early Canberra is based on this collection. In 1995, 74 years after her father began his photographic work, Adele and a group of her childhood friends began a project for the Archives. The task was to ensure that the slice of history represented by the Mildenhall collection was presented with the most accurate and meaningful information possible --- an assignment that only they, as original Canberra residents, could do. This labour of love continued for four years, when Adele and her friends spent many happy hours examining the images, identifying people, places and events of their childhood. Adele's knowledge from her early life was her point of reference for this work, including her school life at Telopea Park School and Saint Gabriel's Girls Grammar School, memories of family friends, acquaintances and special community events. At her memorial service, Sydney spoke of Adele's approach to life. Perhaps the most telling insight was his closing tribute: 'Del devoted her life to making others happy and will be remembered as a blithe spirit by all who were privileged to know her and to be the recipients of her unstinted affection.' Adele (Mildenhall) Hodges ‰ a fond farewell 21 JULY 1918 -- 22 DECEMBER 2001 Moments in time -- Adele and her friend Althea Mouat in the provisional Parliament House in 1925 (photo by Adele's father, Jack Mildenhall), as a young woman of 19, and in her Canberra garden just a few years ago. dele Hodges passed away on 22 December 2001 and will be greatly missed by her many friends at the National Archives. It was through her father's photographic work, now known as the Mildenhall collection, that she and her husband Sydney first became acquainted with the Archives, forming a strong bond with us from that point onwards. A NAA: A3560, 1266