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CHART News April – September 2013
Australian donations to CHART are now tax deductible. See details here.
It has been a long wait but our August 2012 application to join the Register of Cultural Organisations has finally borne fruit. We will use this new status to apply for grants from relevant philanthropic bodies – but that will also take time.
We are grateful for any donation, no matter how small. We hope some CHART supporters will consider including us in their annual deductible gifts budget. Or drawing our work to the attention of others. See our Donate page.
Herb Feith Foundation Grant
Our first significant grant has come from the perfect source – the Herb Feith Foundation. Herb (1930-2001) was a legendary Indonesia expert, peace activist and all-round warm human being with strong links to East Timor activism during the occupation years.
The grant for $24,400 will be used over twelve months to begin digitising the internationally-important archival collection of the Australian Council for Overseas Aid (ACFOA – now ACFID) Human Rights Office. We hope to employ East Timorese students currently in Melbourne to do the scanning work. For more details see here.
Swinburne University undergraduate student Solly Marshall-Radcliffe commenced work at CHART in July.
His semester-long task is to locate surviving archival records of East Timor activism in Melbourne, 1974-1980. Solly has built a comprehensive list of sources in the collections of Timor Information Service and the Australia East Timor Association (AETA), as well as in papers held at the University of Melbourne Archives.
Solly’s work, which will include a narrative summary of his findings, will be of great use to CHART work, and to AETA which is on the brink of getting its comprehensive archive into order. His work will also feed into planned AETA/CHART seminars on the early activism years in Melbourne.
Outreach – Australia
We are pleased to report doing some initial work on the Timor materials of Jim Dunn in Canberra in May. We hope to report more fully on our work and Jim’s collection later in the year.
We continue to keep our ear to the ground to learn of Timor collections still in private hands. CHART has been invited by the owners of two other significant collections in Sydney and Darwin to assist in arranging and describing the material for longer-term preservation and access.
Outreach – Europe
CHART representatives John Waddingham and Cecily Gilbert visited Europe in August-September and met a range of people in England and Portugal with Timor Archival interests.
In London, we discussed the archival collections of Tapol UK, the former Catholic Institute for International Relations (CIIR – now Progressio) and the original British Campaign for Independent East Timor (BCIET). We made a CHART presentation to the London NGO Forum on Indonesia and East Timor and met key staff in the British Library’s Endangered Archives Program.
In Lisbon we visited CIDAC and the Mario Soares Foundation – both of which have completed major Timor archives digitisation and access projects. In Porto, north of Lisbon, we examined the the large archives of the recently retired and legendary academic, Prof. Barbedo Magalhaes.
More detail on these terrific encounters will appear on the CHART website in coming weeks.
National Film & Sound Archive
Andrew McNaughtan’s audiovisual collection has been languishing in the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) since its deposit there in 2006. Cecily Gilbert and John Waddingham spent two weeks in residence at NFSA in May documenting the content of the collection. We hope the collection will be available for public access sometime in 2013 through the NFSA catalogue. See here for details.
This work played an important role in consolidating links between CHART and NFSA, and is likely to lead to further collaboration.
University of Melbourne Archives
CHART has begun a pilot digitisation project with the University of Melbourne Archives. The focus is on the Timor papers of the late David Scott. The driving force of the project is to fulfill a CHART commitment to David Scott before his death, to make copies of his materials available in Timor-Leste.
A side benefit of this work to CHART is access to the expertise and advice of the University of Melbourne’s Digitisation Centre. This connection will greatly assist our own digitisation operations.
In addition to website articles already mentioned, new material on our website since March 2013 includes:
Timorese Resistance Archive: New online version. An introduction to a new search and digital file delivery system of this important archive; developed by the Mario Soares Foundation in Lisbon.
Australian diplomats: behind the scenes. Exploration of a few samples of 1970s documents now available through National Archives of Australia.
Bill Morrison Papers: Timor fragments. A first look at the National Library’s archival holdings of the former politician and Australian ambassador to Indonesia.
CIDAC: Timor documents online. An examination of an important new digital repository of historical documents in Portugal.
Parliamentary Inquiry: CHART submission. A summary and link to full text of CHART’s archives-focus submission to an Australian parliamentary inquiry on Timor.