Finally we have some good news about the ‘proposed’ closure of the National Archives of Australia Offices in South Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania.

MEDIA RELEASE – Tuesday 23 February 2010
The Rudd Government today announced the National Archives of Australia will maintain face-to-face services in Adelaide.

Australia’s National Archives play a vital role in keeping the political,
social and cultural history of Australia alive,” the Minister with
responsibility for the National Archives, Senator Joe Ludwig, said.

“The Rudd Government has listened to community concerns and today I can
announce that the Government will keep the Adelaide office open until a
suitable co-location arrangement can be made.”

“Instead of closing the Adelaide office, the Government will move to
co-locate with similar institutions,” Ms Ellis said.

“This will enable the National Archives to continue to provide high quality
services in Adelaide for all South Australians,” the Member for Port
Adelaide, Mark Butler said.

“This is a good outcome for South Australia. In particular, the Adelaide
office has an important role to play in assisting South Australians in their
search for Colonial papers and migrant arrivals as well as maritime and
migrant arrival information.”

“Co-location will help put the National Archives on a sustainable footing
for the long term, while maintaining face-to-face services in South
Australia,” the Member for Makin, Tony Zappia said.

“Last financial year there were only 720 visits to the Adelaide reading room
compared to 22,290 visits nationally, while more than 1.9 million records
were accessed online.”

Similar arrangements will be put in place in Darwin and Hobart, and the
Government will encourage other National Archives offices to consider
options for co-location.”

In response the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA) have issued the following:

MEDIA RELEASE – Tuesday 23 February 2010
The ASA National President, Jackie Bettington, said today “We applaud the announcement today that the National Archives of Australia (NAA) will be retaining a presence in Darwin, Adelaide and Hobart. This has come as a result of significant pressure from the public, archivists, politicians (of all political persuasions), academics, journalists and historians. This is a real reminder to all governments across Australia that Archives do indeed matter”.

“Today can be viewed as a celebration of the passion of South Australian’s for their history and for the original records that document that history” added Kylie Percival, South Australian Branch State Convenor.

Thank you everyone who showed your support. I have no doubt that without us all having a voice and raising it, these Offices would have closed and the loss of easy access to these records would have gone with them, so THANK YOU!