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Memento : Issue 16
Let's drink to january 2001 memento 15 'In a climate so favourable the cultivation of the vine may doubtless be carried to any degree of perfection' -- Captain Arthur Philip, First Governor of New South Wales Australia's wine industry is as old as its European settlement -- the first vine cuttings came with the First Fleet. Since then, different groups of migrants have introduced a host of new varieties and styles. Our next touring exhibition, Wine! An Australian Social History, looks at the influences that have shaped the industry, such as Federation, war and immigration. This intriguing exhibition draws on our extensive collection of wine records, as well as personal recollections of people who have worked in the industry. A focus on four individual wineries located around Australia explores how regional wine varieties have developed over the last 120 years. Items from the Noel Butlin Archives' Lindemans Collection help to show how the wine industry has changed and promoted its produce. Innovative and interactive displays such as the life-sized 'Vine Forest' and 'Wine Cellar ' are bound to tantalise the senses. Curated by Lisa Williams, Wine! An Australian Social History opens in Canberra in March 2001, before touring nationally. An Italian migrant farmer examines grapes for winemaking in his vineyard at Stanthorpe, Queensland, 1969. NAA: A1200, L81070 tips accessed the National Archives online picture collection, PhotoSearch, through PictureAustralia. To find images through PictureAustralia, users search a central metadata index for their subject of interest. The results are shown as small images, known as thumbnails. By clicking on a thumbnail image, they can view a larger version of the image and order a high resolution copy through the website of the participating organisation. Researchers can easily navigate between PictureAustralia and the participating institutions' websites. Finding the right picture from a large number of possible sources is now much easier. It can be done from a web connection anywhere in the world and without visiting the institutions themselves. PictureAustralia began in 1998 as the ImageSearch Project with five contributors. Following the very strong initial reactions to the prototype, the service was expanded to include more libraries, galleries, museums, and archives. And it continues to grow. The website recently won the Arts category of the 2000 Australian Financial Review Australian Internet Awards. Explore PictureAustralia at www.pictureaustralia.org. Another image on Picture Australia -- an amphibious car among the spectator fleet at the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, 1971. Image Library, State Library of New South Wales