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Who uses the Archives?

UNSW Archives are used by many different people for a wide variety of reasons - from information and fact checking on UNSW history to the obtaining of UNSW historical photos and film.

Below is a small sample of the numerous projects in which the Archives' collection has aided in providing key background information or helped to enhance through photos and other media.

For more information on what's available in the Archives or to find out how we can assist you, see the Archival Collections pages or Contact the Archives.

UNSW Library Facebook

Aerial of UNSW Campus 1981

Photographs from UNSW Archives have been used to illustrate historical UNSW activities and buildings on the UNSW Library Facebook page.

These include aerial views of the Kensington campus, as well as student activities.

Roundhouse Redevelopment

Fatboy Slim in the Roundhouse, 2000

Photos and excerpts of film from the Archives have been used in the historical sections of UNSW TV's video A new "Round House" for UNSW!.

The video celebrates the official reopening of the Roundhouse on 15 March 2018, following extensive refurbishment.

HERDSA Life Members

Alan Prosser

Photos from UNSW Archives have been used to illustrate the profiles of two Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) life members.

Ian Dunn previously worked in UNSW's School of Physics, while Alan Prosser was from the School of Chemistry.

UNSW Alumni Facebook

Roundhouse Ball, 1964

Photographs from UNSW Archives have been used to illustrate historical UNSW activities, events and buildings on the UNSW Alumni Facebook page.

These include a wide range of images - from various shots of both the interior and exterior of the Roundhouse to a 1960s Educational Research Unit Christmas party.

Australian Defence Force Partnership

ADFA Engineering Buildings Construction, 1984

Research in the Archives was conducted to produce the 2017 book Widening Minds: The University of New South Wales and the education of Australia's defence leaders, including the use of photos from the collection.

Written by Professor Tom Frame, the book examines the 50 year partnership between UNSW and the Australian Defence Force, covering iterations such as the Faculty of Military Studies at the Royal Military College Duntroon, the Royal Australian Naval College at Jervis Bay, University College - Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) and UNSW Canberra.

Donor Impact Report

Basser Steps, 1967

Historical photos from the Archives were used to illustrate part of the 2017 Donor Impact Report.

The photos were included to identify the recent developments and upgrades to the various buildings on Kensington Campus that have been achieved due to the generosity of the donor community.

Walter Earnest "Darty" Glover

Professor Darty Glover, 1984

Former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Emeritus Professor W. E. "Darty" Glover passed away on 29 August 2017.

The Archives were visited by the UNSW Media Office to gather background information and photos for Professor Glover's obituary, later published in the UNSW Newsroom.

Biological Sciences Building

Wallace Wurth School of Medicine & Biological Sciences Buildings, 1962

A set of 1960s photos from the Archives were used in the 2015 - 2016 School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences Annual Report.

The photos were included to illustrate the changes from the original 1960s Biological Sciences building to the future plans for the significant refurbishment of the building.

UNSW: Australia's Global University

Visitors to UNSW

In May 2017 the book UNSW: Australia's Global University by Mick Le Moignan was launched. The book "showcases the tireless work of those who established UNSW's earliest international student exchanges and foundation programs, and the visionary academics and researchers who have made international programs such a central part of their work".

Many of the photos featured throughout the book were provided by the Archives.

Estates Management Instagram

Mathews Building, 1970s

Various UNSW Archives' photos have been used to illustrate historical background to the campus and other UNSW activities on Estates Management's Instagram.

See #unswarchives for all the photos obtained from the Archives on Instagram.


Blitz Magazines

In March 2017 the Archives were visited by a Blitz reporter to discover more about the Archives and its holdings. The focus was on material that would be of particular interest to UNSW students, including the history of Blitz magazine.

The Blitz article on the visit is available at Blitz Interview.

AGSM 40th Anniversary

AGSM Graduation 1979

In March 2017 the UNSW Business School organised an event and multimedia exhibition to celebrate the Australian Graduate School of Management's 40th anniversary - using photos, audio-visual material, publications, oral histories and other records from the Archives.

The result can be viewed at AGSM 40th Anniversary.

Paul Keating Lecture

Paul Keating, 1996

In May 1996 former Prime Minister Paul Keating took up the position of Visiting Professor of Public Policy at UNSW.

On 11 November 1996 he gave his second university lecture, entitled "For the New Australia", to a full house at Clancy Auditorium. An account of the lecture is available in an article in Uniken - 22 November 1996.

A video of the lecture is held in the Archives. Following a recent request it has been digitised, with a small excerpt made available online.

Roundhouse Memories

Roundhouse, 1961

In 2016 UNSW TV undertook the Roundhouse Memories project.

The project includes interviews with UNSW alumni on their memories of the Roundhouse over the years. Images from the Archives are used throughout the footage.

An article on the Roundhouse project, including more photos from the Archives, also featured in UNSWorld Issue 24.

The Kensington Colleges

Philip Baxter College, 1960s

In August 2015 the book Basser, Philip Baxter and Goldstein - The Kensington Colleges by Claire Scobie was launched by former UNSW Vice Chancellor and Basser resident John Niland.

The book features many photos and other background information on the Colleges, as obtained from the Archives.

UNSW Through Time

Main Walkway, 1964

In 2014 UNSW TV produced UNSW Through Time.

The footage transforms a number of Archives' 1960s photographs of the Kensington Campus into their 2014 equivalent.

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