Archive noir

White, Patrick (2020) Archive noir. Sudo Journal, 2. pp. 59-62.

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Abstract

[Extract] Hurtling toward the hinterland town once nicknamed “The World” to save critically endangered historical evidence was not on my agenda last week. Suddenly it had become my only priority and the turbodiesel engine roared underfoot as I surged towards a blinding sunset in Australia’s deep north. I was chasing a hunch, a tip-off from a government informant that several age-stained and insect-ridden boxes of documents had been wedged away in a dark corner of a council storage shed. The person in charge of the boxes was unable to describe the contents and was scarcely aware of their potential impact on Australian history. But I had been pursuing these stories for months and the inscriptions on the rough exterior of the boxes were strong clues that they were the missing files that I was searching for. This could be the discovery that would transform my research. An urgent mission to save the evidence from obscurity or possible destruction, either from the elements or a local government shredder, pitted me against the Flinders Highway on a darkening summer evening when the risk of a horrific accident was at its greatest.

Item ID: 63188
Item Type: Article (Creative Work)
ISSN: 2652-1776
Keywords: Archives, Research, Charters Towers Gold
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Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2020 23:55
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) @ 50%
19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1999 Other Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950303 Conserving Collections and Movable Cultural Heritage @ 33%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 34%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950199 Arts and Leisure not elsewhere classified @ 33%
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