The CHART-produced guide to the Timor papers of the late Dr Andrew McNaughtan – hitherto only available in printed form at the Mitchell Library in Sydney – is now available online here.
In 2006 Cecily Gilbert and I examined and listed Andrew McNaughtan’s papers. This work was done, with some assistance from members of Sydney’s Australia East Timor Association, at the invitation of Andrew’s executors who had been holding the papers since his unexpected early death in December 2003.
The executors lodged the papers at the Mitchell Library for public access and our listing became the principal finding aid for researchers using the collection there. The executors have since agreed to allow us to make the listing more accessible to researchers unable to view it in person at the Mitchell.
Prepared under tight time restrictions, the physical arrangement and listing of the materials has some shortcomings. We are currently preparing a new guide which will have a more thematic or subject approach to the collection contents – bringing together some of the major elements of Andrew’s Timor papers covering his work on photographic exhibitions, Timor oil, Balibo, Timor Aid, AETA and other solidarity organisations.
This guide joins those of ‘accidental activist’ David Scott and former Labor senator Gordon McIntosh in our first installment of CHART listings in the Collections section of this blog. More to come.