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Memento : Issue 16
8 memento january 2001 assenger lists show that theosophist and social reformer Annie Besant, writer DH Lawrence and his wife Freda all travelled on the same ship to Fremantle in 1922. Did they cross paths? As the Orsova steamed across the Indian Ocean from Ceylon to Western Australia, perhaps they enjoyed the odd lively discussion over iced tea. Although the records show that Annie travelled first class and the Lawrences bunked down in second, it's not beyond the realms of possibility. These passenger lists represent only a fraction of the treasures held by the Archives Perth office and described in our latest research guide, Collections in Perth: A Guide to Commonwealth Government Records. The guide covers a fascinating array of subjects from child migration to the administration of the Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Unique Western Australian records found in Perth include incoming passenger lists for the port of Fremantle, Bureau of Meteorology records, and World War I Army Intelligence records. What damage was caused by the Meckering earthquake of 14 October With the Olympics over, staff in our Sydney office are celebrating another important event. We have brought the National Archives back to the city by joining State Records NSW at the refurbished Sydney Records Centre at the Rocks. Researchers can view on microfilm the full sequence of passenger arrivals for the Port of Sydney from both institutions. These were previously held at separate locations. The centre also holds examples from our photographic collection. Original records are not held in the centre, but these can be viewed at our Chester Hill reading room. Our staff are on hand from 9amto5pmMondayto Friday to give advice about our holdings and to introduce researchers to the RecordSearch database. Fact sheets and guides to our collection are also available. For the first time in Sydney, researchers can find information on the records of both Federal and State governments in the one location. Visit us soon at the Sydney Records Centre, 2 Globe Street, The Rocks. Archives staff at the Sydney Records Centre help visitors search our collection. 1968? At 6.9 on the Richter scale and with a fault line stretching for 35 kilometres, it could have been disastrous. While 16 people were injured, fortunately no-one died. The seismographic details on the Meckering earthquake can be found among the records at our Perth office. What was the fate of German sailors rescued after their vessel, the Kormoran, followed its victims, HMAS Sydney and her entire crew, to the ocean floor? The answer lies in a correspondence file held in Perth. One or two pre-Federation gems glitter in the Perth office collection, but most records date from 1901 onwards. Some records relating to Western Australia and its people are held in other offices of the Archives. Details on all these series can be found in the Perth guide. The guide is available for $10.00 (plus $3.50 postage) by phoning Publications Sales on (02) 6212 3609, emailing email@example.com or visiting any of our offices. Noted WA historian Geoffrey Bolton launched the guide to our collection in Perth recently.