Archives supply historians with raw material for their research. Sensational discoveries, hidden truths and forgotten heroes abound on the archival shelves waiting to be revealed by the astute and persistent researcher. In her lecture Dr Rae Frances divulges some of the special temptation which have kept luring her back to the Noel Butlin Archives Centre and the results of these encounters.
After having taught Australian and New Zealand history and women's studies in Melbourne, Perth and Auckland, Dr Rae Frances has published several books and numerous articles on the history of work, women's history, Aboriginal/European contact history, religious and community history. Dr Frances is currently convening subjects on the history of war and Australian colonial society at the University of New South Wales.
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