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Memento : Issue 28
Junior and senior winners in last year's National History Challenge, Georgina Fox (left), of Melbourne Girls Grammar School and Tahlia Hennessy (right), of Lake Joondalup Baptist College (Perth). Georgina and Tahlia won the Archives' sponsored category for best use of primary sources. Their winning essays are online at www.naa.gov.au/education/challenge.html. 6 MEMENTO News from the National Archives At the National Archives we have an active and growing program for schools. There are over 3.5 million primary and secondary students in Australian schools and we believe they deserve the chance to find out more about our past. Primary school students in Australia learn about democracy, federation, government and what makes a good citizen. In secondary curricula, students consider the major events and subtle influences that shape society. These topics are richly represented in our collection and we encourage the use of our resources by students and teachers. Our 'founding documents' -- the original charters that propelled Australia to nationhood -- are a 'must see' for students visiting Canberra. Students can also become 'document detectives' in our Treasures Gallery. And our changing exhibition program inspires learning through its creative portrayal of intriguing stories from our past, all based on records held in our collection. We are piloting a new educ ation website, Vrroo m (vrroom.naa.gov.au), which offers an interactive online experience like no other. It provides an inspirational lear ning environment for students and offers The Archives' displaced persons collection has been added to the Australian register for UNESCO's Memory of the World Program. The Memory of the World Program is a register of significant heritage documents. It preserves valuable archival holdings and library collections around the world and ensures their wide availability. Our displaced persons collection contains over 170,000 personal dossiers of migrants who came to Australia between 1947 and 1953 under the post-WW II displaced persons scheme. It documents a major shift in Australia's immigration priorities and is a valuable resource for family historians and researchers. In recent years, the collection has benefited from significant descriptive and preservation work and can now be searched by item on our RecordSearch database online at naa.gov.au. too cool for school Archives listed on heritage register teachers a ready source of downloadable documents directly linked to their curricula. It's great to think that the students who get hooked on research now will become the researchers, historians, archivists and genealogists of the future. NAA: A12111, 49/22/20