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Memento : Issue 31
MISS PACIFICS REUNITED Regular Memento readers may remember the 1952 Miss Pacific finalists from the cover of our Summer-Autumn 2005 issue. Pamela Jansen, Mary Clifton Smith and Judy Worrad are also the stars of Summers Past and were reunited at the exhibition launch. It was the first time the three women – now all grandmothers – had seen each other in 40 years! We have to thank Peter FitzSimons, author and columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald, for helping to bring them together again. He included the photograph in his column in October 2005, and it attracted a huge response from readers. FitzSimons, a former rugby player, was surprised to discover that he had even met one of the women, Judy Worrad, who married legendary rugby league coach Jack Gibson. Pamela Burrows (nee Jansen), Mary Clift (nee Clifton Smith) and Judy Gibson (nee Worrad) recreated their pose at the Summers Past launch. We’re sure readers will agree that the former beauty pageant finalists still look great in front of a surfboard! Photo:JennieEverart In 1946, when the Australian News and Information Bureau photographers started to take colour images of Australia, they used cutting-edge technology. Using colour film, then a very recent invention, they documented social life in Australia as it had never been seen before. Now, in 2006, the National Archives’ preservation team uses cutting-edge technology to preserve these photographs. Surprisingly, colour photographs have been around almost as long as black and white. But in the early years of photography, capturing an image in colour required considerable extra effort along with a knowledge of chemistry – not exactly ideal for family snaps. In 1938, Kodak released Kodachrome, revolutionising colour photography. For the first time, people could buy a roll of colour film for their Box Brownie, and snap away. They’d then send the film off to a laboratory and a few days later receive a box of colour transparencies. The family slide-show night was born! When handling transparencies from that era today, National Archives’ preservation staff are mindful of the chemical instability that gradually deteriorates the film. To prolong the life of film, each transparency is duplicated on new colour film and the originals are then stored in a cold room, at 10 degrees and a relative humidity of 34 per cent. The photos in Summers Past were made from those first duplicates in order to protect the originals. Images in the Archives’ photographic collection are progressively being digitised and can be accessed via PhotoSearch on the National Archives’ website. Robert Beattie PRESERVING PHOTOS NAA:M914,BEACH4388 [far left] A private séance on the beach or an intimate game of spin the bottle? More likely they’re tuned in to Radio 2UW listening to disc jockey Ward Pally Austin playing the hits of Normie Rowe and Billy Thorpe. [below] This young woman on Manly Beach is sporting a fetching floral cossie and a fashionable hat! The year is 1956. MEMENTO WINTER 06 27