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Archives and Societal Provenance by Michael Piggott

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War, sacred archiving and C.E.W.Bean

Abstract.

The chapter tells the story of the Australian War Records Section during the First World War, and argues that it operated the new Australian nation’s first formal archives programme. Crucial to this development, and to the subsequent creation of the Australian War Memorial, was the role of the war correspondent and official historian Dr C.E.W. Bean (1897–1968). For Bean, the war records had a ‘sacred archiving’ purpose and are central to the Memorial’s national commemorative role.

Keywords

Australian War Memorial

C.E.W. Bean (1897–1968)

Australian War Records Section

First World War

The Australian War Memorial … owed more to Bean than to anybody else. It was at once a museum, a repository ...

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