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Memento : Issue 19
january 2002 memento Last November, Jack Mildenhall, Aubrey Holmes and Samsudin Bin Katib camped out in the open air on the roof of Parliament House, along with several thousand other figures that formed the Peoplescape display to celebrate the Centenary of Federation. Jack, Aubrey and Samsudin were our nominees for the display and each have a link to our collection. As a humble clerk in the Navy Office in 1927, Aubrey Holmes was deeply concerned that key Navy and other Commonwealth government records were being lost or destroyed. In a 16-page memorandum to the Department of Defence, he proposed that Australia create its own Public Record Office to preserve and make accessible our valuable government records. Aubrey Holmes was undoubtedly influential in the eventual establishment of Australia's National Archives. William (Jack) Mildenhall arrived in Canberra in 1920 to work as Paymaster in the Department of Works and Railways. A year later he was appointed Information Officer with the Federal Capital Commission with the key role of photographing the emerging national capital. Between 1921 and 1935, Jack Mildenhall captured more than 7,700 images of early Canberra on glass plates, now held in our collection. Our three likely lads! Samsudin Bin Katib Aubrey Holmes Jack Mildenhall Samsudin Bin Katib was a pearl shell diver who arrived in Australia as an indentured labourer in June 1937. He worked in Broome until 1942 when he joined the Australian Imperial Forces where he served for four years. After the war he settled in Melbourne, but under his contract was forced to return to Broome. There he founded the Indonesia- Malay Association and led a local campaign to secure minimum pay rates for divers. An order by the Commonwealth Migration Officer for Samsudin's repatriation to Singapore was appealed by the Seamen's Union, Kim Beazley (Snr) and the East-West Committee. But the order was upheld by Immigration Minister Arthur Calwell and Samsudin was deported on 3 November 1948. No doubt, there are many more identities in our files waiting to be discovered by researchers and given their day in the sun. 3