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Submission to the Tune review of the National Archives of Australia

Submission to the Tune Review of the National Archives of Australia

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the enduring role of the National Archives of Australia. I first made use of the Archives as a history honours student in 1984, and since then have held a deep appreciation of the richness and significance of the Archives collections. I was employed by the Archives from 2007 to 2009, working on the development of a number of online projects such as 'Mapping Our Anzacs'. Since that time, I have pursued research in the digital humanities, often using the Archives collections to demonstrate what is possible using digital research methodologies. An example of this is provided by my keynote address to the Australian Society of Archivists Annual Conference in 2016.[^1]

I love the Archives collections. They are critical both to democratic accountability and to our understanding of Australian history, politics, and culture. The Archives preserves not only the workings of the Commonwealth government, b

wragge / trove_newspapers_post_1954.csv
Created Jun 7, 2019
Trove newspapers with articles published after 1954
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The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995),ACT,11,1926-09-03,1995-12-31,01576925,2567488,
Papua New Guinea Post-Courier (Port Moresby : 1969 - 1981),International,1376,1969-06-30,1981-06-30,22087427,417472,
The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982),National,112,1933-06-10,1982-12-15,00050458,225466,
"Dutch Australian Weekly (Sydney, NSW : 1951 - 1993)",New South Wales,1044,1951-10-05,1993-07-19,22051902,159156,
"Times (Victor Harbor, SA : 1987 - 1999)",South Australia,856,1987-01-07,1999-12-31,22040722,143726,
"The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957)",Victoria,13,1848-09-15,1957-01-19,18339719,140299,
Victor Harbour Times (SA : 1932 - 1986),South Australia,832,1932-04-15,1986-12-31,22038213,126881
wragge / nsw_naturalisations_countries_of_origin.csv
Created Feb 19, 2019
Countries of origin from NSW naturalisation data, 1834-1903.
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NativePlace Count
Germany 3170
Sweden 700
Prussia 598
China 530
Denmark 522
Canton, China 484
France 352
Italy 314
Norway 288
wragge / words_before_immigrants_in_Trove_newspapers.csv
Created Jan 26, 2019
Words occurring before the word 'immigrants' in Trove's digitised newspapers with a frequency greater than 100
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word count
assisted 11000
prohibited 10234
tho 8728
british 7524
chinese 7045
government 5764
italian 5513
german 4758
desirable 4587
wragge / bulletin_kwic_chinese.txt
Created Jan 25, 2019
Occurences of the word 'Chinese' in The Bulletin, 1880-1968
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...joys, appear to be a little behind the age. A new Chinese theatre has been opened in San Francisco, which i...
...e orchestral music filled the large building with Chinese melody, all present forgot thatthey were in a for...
...ed for nearly four months, aud ''Kerry ' and “The Chinese Question” (with that admirable make-up of “Those ...
... case. But the Gover- nor who struck oil when the Chinese— —No matter! The reader, we presume exclaims —“Bu...
... pamphlet advocating the use of Indian as against Chinese teas. The latter are being extensively and dele-t...
...onary steamer, was at Teste Island, New Guinea. A Chinese junk has been attacked by New Guinea natives, who...
...Flour is not procurable there. On February 14th a Chinese storekeeper sold the last oft some bad flour at £...
...of the colony, which should be read by every one. Chinese allege that they have only been forced to “ knock...
wragge / closed-2018-closedperiod.csv
Created Jan 1, 2019
Files in the National Archives of Australia closed in 2018 citing 'Closed period'
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5242437,M4443,19,Correspondence – subject – CAIFU [Chinese Association for International Understanding] visit 1994,Aug 1993 - Apr 1994,1993-08-01,1994-04-01,Canberra,Closed,14 Mar 2018,2018-03-14,Closed period
7114228,M3128,1737,UN Security Council 1990 - 1994,Dec 1990 - Dec 1994,1990-12-01,1994-12-01,Canberra,Closed,18 Apr 2018,2018-04-18,Closed period
7114259,M3128,1766 PART 2,East Timor 3 Pt 2,1995 - 1999,1995-01-01,1999-01-01,Canberra,Closed,14 Mar 2018,2018-03-14,Closed period
9150475,A463,1997/4469,Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal - implementation ANS,1987 - 1998,1987-01-01,1998-01-01,Canberra,Closed,25 Jul 2018,2018-07-25,Closed period
11975845,C321,N1992/521316,"Michaels, Rick [Asaad, Michael; Asaad, Rick; Giaconia, James Christopher] [Department of Immigration NSW case file]",1992 - 2002,1992-01-01,2002-01-01,Sydney,Closed,20 J
wragge / M880-closed-period.csv
Created Jan 1, 2019
Files in NAA series M880 closed as 'closed period' in 2018 even though their contents dates put them in the open period
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31092875,M880,600,Treasurer - Opposition economic policy,1989 - 1989,1989-01-01,1989-01-01,Canberra,Closed,02 Jan 2018,2018-01-02,Closed period
31092876,M880,601,Economic policy,1989 - 1989,1989-01-01,1989-01-01,Canberra,Closed,02 Jan 2018,2018-01-02,Closed period
31092894,M880,619,Treasurer - Exchange rate,1989 - 1989,1989-01-01,1989-01-01,Canberra,Closed,02 Jan 2018,2018-01-02,Closed period
31092900,M880,625,Treasurer - Economy,1989 - 1989,1989-01-01,1989-01-01,Canberra,Closed,02 Jan 2018,2018-01-02,Closed period
31092902,M880,627,Treasurer - Debt,1989 - 1989,1989-01-01,1989-01-01,Canberra,Closed,02 Jan 2018,2018-01-02,Closed period
31092913,M880,638,Treasurer - CPI,1989 - 1989,1989-01-01,1989-01-01,Canberra,Closed,03 Jan 2018,2018-01-03,Closed period
31092929,M880,654,Third runway,1990 - 1991,1990-01-01,1991-01-01,Canberra,Closed,03 Jan
wragge / digitalnz_country_totals.csv
Created Nov 9, 2018
Results in DigitalNZ by country (these are found by a bounding box search, so only geocoded results are returned)
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alpha_code country numeric_code results
AF Afghanistan 4 2
AX Åland Islands 248 0
AL Albania 8 1
DZ Algeria 12 6
AS American Samoa 16 0
AD Andorra 20 0
AO Angola 24 0
AI Anguilla 660 0
AQ Antarctica 10 18366
wragge / cats.csv
Created Oct 8, 2018
Photos in Trove with the subject 'cats'
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1959,NSL,"36 Fairfax Road (Bellevue Hill, N.S.W.)|brick walls|cats|storm damage",11803048,10152990,
1910-1914,ANL,Cats -- Photographs,12146091,10428898,
1870-1875,NSL,Hill End (N.S.W.)|cats|chimneys|corrugated iron roofs|houses|mothers,12335007,10576730,
1937-10-29,NSL,"J.C. Williamson (Firm)|Jay, Tommy|Sydney (N.S.W.)|cats|performers",12455322,10677410,
1937-10-29,NSL,"J.C. Williamson (Firm)|Jay, Tommy|Sydney (N.S.W.)|cats|performers",12455325,10677414,
1870-1875,NSL,Hill End (N.S.W.)|bark roofs|cats|historic buildings|houses,12586169,10781547,
1870-1875,NSL,Gulgong (N.S.W.)|bark huts & houses|barrels|horsedrawn carts|cats|chimneys|dogs
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