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Memento : Issue 16
januar y 2001 memento 13 Our reading room in Canberra was close to bursting with visitors one morning last November, as guests poured in for the launch of our latest book Developing Images: Mildenhall’s Photographs of Early Canberra. The release of this publication, featuring images of early Canberra by government photographer Jack Mildenhall, excited an overwhelming response particularly from local history groups and early residents of Canberra. Mildenhall’s black and white images of Canberra in the 1920s and ’30s were recorded on almost 8000 glass plate negatives now held in our collection. Over 90 of these rare images have been selected and beautifully reproduced for all to enjoy in this elegant publication. The book was launched by Sir Richard Kingsland, former head of the Department of the Interior which administered Canberra before self-government. Sir Richard described some of Mildenhall’s lasting images of muddy tracks, scaffolding and tent camps. He noted that the book shows the building of Canberra as well as the people who built it and made it their home. Author Mary Hutchison signs copies at the launch. Guests who attended the launch of Developing Images swamp the sales counter. Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, Acting Director- General of the Archives, with Sir Richard Kingsland, who launched the book. Dr Mary Hutchison, who selected and captioned the images and wrote an introductory essay for the book, spoke of the insights she gained through interviews with early Canberra residents. Many of their stories about life in the new capital are quoted throughout the book. When the formal ceremony concluded, guests queued up to purchase their copies and have them signed by the author. This successful event certainly made a dent in our stock, but copies are still available for $24.95 (plus $3.50 postage) by phoning Publication Sales on (02) 6212 3609, emailing email@example.com or visiting any of our offices. Copies are also sold in a number of leading Canberra bookshops. From Developing Images: Adele Mildenhall, wife of the photographer, with Ivo Smith in his Pontiac Roadster, Acton, 1927 JB Young’s Kingston store, 1925. The way we were NAA:A3560,737NAA:A3560,912