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Archives and Societal Provenance by Michael Piggott

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Themes in Australian recordkeeping, 1788–2010

Abstract.

The chapter briefly discusses how a history of Australian recordkeeping from the beginning as a British colonial settlement in 1788 might be approached, then proceeds to address four themes. One examines the recordkeeping legacy of the ‘first fact’ of Australia’s British beginnings. The second discusses attitudes to ‘red tape’ and bureaucracy manifested in the Eureka stockade rebellion of 1854 and the defeat of the ‘Australia Card’ proposal in 1986. The remaining two themes explore the documentation generated about two categories of arrivals (convicts and immigrants), and that generated by so-called ordinary Australians (specifically nineteenth-century migrants and First World War soldiers). ...

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