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Memento : Issue 17
Where will you be on census night, 7 August 2001? six million two hundred and seventy nine thousand four hundred and twenty nine and counting How were the first vine cuttings brought to Australia? Which famous explorer was also the first Australian winemaker? Who said 'Besides the commercial benefits ... a wine-drinking population is never a drunken population'? Which doctor set up one of the most successful vineyards in the lower Hunter Valley in the 1840s? The exhibition features a host of items such as labels, advertisements, photographs and letters from our own collection as well as that of the Noel Butlin Archives Centre at the Australian National University. Also on display are precious old wines and rare prize medals for award-winning wines from wineries around Australia. Wine! was officially launched in Canberra by Winemaker of the Year 2000,Vanya Cullen from Margaret River, WA, on 18 April. The exhibition will tour nationally after it closes in Canberra in late July. The answers to these intriguing questions can all be found in our latest exhibition, Wine! An Australian Social History. may 2001 memento 9 Young vineyard worker, Adelaide, 1906. NAA: D4477, 673 Yo u'll find that the 2001 census is a special one. For the first time all Australians can elect to have their census details kept in a time capsule and made available for research in the next century. Only those who agree to be part of the project -- the Centenary of Federation Time Capsule -- will have their census return scanned then microfilmed, stored in the Archives' security vaults, and released after 99 years. People who might be interested in this information in the future include genealogists, historians, academics, social analysts, journalists, and fiction and non-fiction writers. All the original census returns will be destroyed as usual after the Australian Bureau of Statistics has completed its analysis. Mr Nick Vine Hall, a prominent genealogist and chairman of the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations, has pledged the support of his organisation for this project. To explain this year's census and how it has been done in the past, the Australian Bureau of Statistics has produced a video for the public called 2001 Census -- An Overview, and a CD-ROM for schools called A Tale of Two Worlds. By contributing to the time capsule, people will be making a valuable contribution to preserving Australia's history for future generations. So, if you want to be part of the 2001 snapshot, tick the 'Yes' box! x ectations Gra e