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Memento : Issue 20
Michael Kachel and Tim Soutphommasane were our resident summer scholars for 2002. Every year we invite two university students to be guest scholars over the summer. Our summer scholarships provide an opportunity to explore a research topic of interest, using our collection with the guidance and assistance of our staff. Our summer scholars for 2002 were Michael Kachel and Tim Soutphommasane. This is what they discovered in their research. holidays Tim Soutphommasane 'Former PM Alfred Deakin famously described the High Cour t of Australia as the keystone of the federal arch. Now approaching its centenar y, there is perhaps no better time to reflect on the role the Cour t has played in shaping the Australian nation. Making the High Cour t relevant, stimulating and accessible , however, was by no means an easy task. 'My task as summer scholar was to help prepare for an exhibition on the High Cour t to celebrate its centenar y in 2003. The Archives collection proved a source of valuable and fascinating items --- photographs, judges' notebooks and docu- ments from impor tant cases. It's documents like these that bring the High Cour t to life! 'My time at the Archives proved to be exciting, challenging and enlightening and has left me with a renewed interest in the rich histor y of our nation. For this, I am most grateful to the Archives and its staff.' Tim is an undergraduate student in Economics , Political Science and Law at the University of Sydney, and plans to begin an Honours thesis in Political Science in 2003. He has a keen interest in Australian political sociology and political theory. What we did in our What we did in ourholidays memento may 2002 14 Participants in the High Court Gove Peninsula land rights case, 1970. NAA: A1200, L88864 Michael Kachel 'My six weeks of research gave me a revealing insight into the wide range of materials held by the Archives, and perhaps more impor tantly highlighted their relevance to Australian histor y. I had two projects: to help prepare for an exhibition celebrating the centenar y of women's voting rights in Australia and to examine records of Australian foreign policy. 'My research into Australian women's political par ticipation revealed an array of fascinating records, from the petitions of the early suffragette movement to ASIO files on contemporar y female Indigenous activists. The records reflected a myriad of stories held in the Archives that show women's significant contribution in shaping this nation's political life . 'My investigation of the collection also revealed primar y documents related to some of Australia's major foreign policy decisions, from the commitment of Australian forces to Vietnam to the Indonesian invasion of East Timor.' Michael majored in History at the University of Newcastle . This year he began his PhD at the University of New South Wales. His primary interest is the history of Australian foreign policy, particularly in relation to East Timor. Suffragette Vida Goldstein