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Memento : Issue 18
Website curator and project manager Lenore Coltheart from the National Archives of Australia (third from left) told the inside story of how the 'founding documents' website emerged from the National Archives' partnership with the seven State and Territory archives, assisted by a Centenary of Federation grant. Documenting a Democracy is a remarkable mixture of original documents, images and information on the making of our nation. Visit the website at www.foundingdocs.gov.au. september 2001 memento 11 As the last traces of winter snow melted from Quebec's Laurentian mountains earlier this year, delegates from national archives around the world assembled to talk about a groundbreaking website from Australia. Arranged by UNESCO, this intensive three-day forum examined Australia's Documenting a Democracy project as a model for other countries wishing to provide citizens with access to key documents of national history. He visualised an Australia where people compete on quiz shows, to win not a million dollars but a day of personal reflection. An Australia where experts refurbish our souls rather than our backyards, and an Australia where public spending on health, education and welfare is more important to the general public than petrol prices. Look out for coming speakers including cartoonists Judy Horacek and Bruce Petty, and a panel of passionate historians discussing Federation, comprising Dr Helen Irving, the Hon. John Bannon and Dr Lenore Coltheart (see back page for details). Dates and several of our speakers' notes can also be found under 'Exhibitions -- Events' on our website at www.naa.gov.au. Website circles the globe ...where experts refurbish our souls rather than our backyards This year the Centenary of Federation has given us an opportunity to pause and reflect on where we have come from and where we are going as a nation. Another speaker in our 'Where to now, Australia?' lecture series, comedian and media personality James O'Loghlin delighted audiences in Canberra with his spin on how Australians should lessen their focus on economic growth and sharpen their interest in the development of their souls. Australia? Where to now,