Symposium: The Fairfax Media Archive
Keynote: Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley, Professor of Media, Macquarie University
Please Note: The timing of this event has been extended from 10am-4pm to 9am-5pm
The Fairfax media organisation has played a pivotal role in the history of the media in Australia. In 2017, the Library became the custodian of this extensive business archive covering the activities of the organisation and its employees from the 1840s to the 1990s. Fairfax acquired a number of media companies, and managed a diverse portfolio, including radio. The archive has rich, deep and diverse research value; it is the most significant and comprehensive media business archive in Australia.
This forum brings together contemporary researchers working on various aspects of Australian media, publishing history, print culture and the digital humanities.
9.00 – 9.20: Welcome and Opening Remarks, with Mr John B Fairfax AO
9.20 – 10.00: The Fairfax Media Archive: an Overview, with Mr Peter Arfanis, archivist at the State Library of New South Wales
10.00 – 10.30: The Age Poll / Herald Survey and the Fairfax Archive, with Emeritus Professor Murray Goot
10.30 – 11.00: Morning Tea (self catered)
11.00 – 11.30: The Great Paper Chase: Australian newspapers and their long struggle to make newsprint, with Professor Sally Young
11.30 – 12.00: The Rivers Still Run: Gold in the Fairfax Archive, with Dr Margaret Van Heekeren
12.00 – 12:50: Keynote Address: Keeping Company: Encountering the Fairfax Media Archive, with Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley
12.50 – 1.50: Catered lunch and Materials Viewing
1.50 – 2.20: Fearless: Kate McClymont, with Dr Willa McDonald
2.20 – 2.50: The Body Politic, with Mr Ward O’Neill
2.50 – 3.20: From Cadet to Literary Editor, with Ms Susan Wyndham
3.20 – 3.50: Afternoon Tea (self catered)
3.50 – 4.50: Facilitated Panel Discussion with Q&A, with Dr Rachel Franks
4.50 – 5.00: Closing Remarks: What Next?