The thousands of files that make up the Fairfax Media Business Archive tell us a lot about the people who managed the company. But what were the experiences of the printers, compositors, proof readers? Occasionally we come across records in the collection that provide a glimpse of the social side or even the sub-culture of a group within the organisation, records that gives us a sense of what it was like to work in John Fairfax Ltd.
The Fairfax Media Business Archive is not only made up of records relating to the business of the company. Fairfax archivists also collected material to add to the archives, items which they considered would contribute to the memory and understanding of the company.
Join John Birmingham for a conversation with Robbie Buck as he talks about his new book, Stranger Thingies: From Felafel to Now, a collection of stories that run the gamut from the early felafel days to the shiny age we live in where Donald Trump is President of the USA.
Are Australian schools safe? And if they’re not, what happens when kids are caught in a bleak collision between ill-equipped school staff and a confected media scandal? Benjamin comes to the Library to talk about the issues raised in this timely essay.