Media Releases Archives

September 2015

  • 29 September 2015

    Major grant provides research opportunities for SA’s talented young scientists

    In a move that bolsters Australia’s status as a hub of scientific excellence, a Federal Government grant will give 120 South Australian science students hands-on experience in an international conservation and biodiversity research project.

    The $396,000 New Colombo Plan project will be conducted in Fiji from 2016-2019, with students learning biodiversity survey techniques and monitoring processes related to bees, birds and plants.

    Five scientists will accompany the students on this life-changing journey – Associate Professor Mark Stevens from the South Australian Museum and the University of South Australia, Associate Professor Mike Schwarz and Professor Sonia Kleindorfer from Flinders University, and Dr Gunnar Keppel and Dr Sharolyn Anderson from the University of South Australia. Students and scientists will work closely with Marika Tuiwawa and Professor Juergen Boehmer from the University of the South Pacific.

  • 11 September 2015

    Aboriginal digital archival project picks up international award in Washington, DC

    A South Australian Aboriginal digitisation project has today received an Outstanding Project Award for Guardians of Culture and Lifeways from the America’s Association of Tribal Archives Libraries and Museums in Washington, DC.

    More than 20 years ago the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Land Council - an Aboriginal organisation in South Australia’s Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands - asked historian John Dallwitz to compile a photographic exhibition in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Pitjantjatjara Land Rights.

    The community were so moved by the collection, it sparked a world-first digital archival project containing early film, letters and artefacts documenting the lives of the Anangu people and repatriating them to the community.

    Ara Irititja (Stories from a long time ago) was born and Dallwitz began digitising boxes of private collections - mostly letters and photographs - taken by the nurses and teachers who worked on the mission stations in the early 1950s.