1 December 2015

An exhibition celebrating the 40th anniversary of Papua New Guinea Independence is currently displayed in the Menzies Building foyer and draws on material held in the Pacific Research Archives, notably the archives of patrol officer John Duffield, anthropologist Marie Reay, and academics David Hegarty and John Ballard. Christine Bryan and Deveni Temu both contributed many hours to sourcing material and preparing data for a map showing where ANU academics from many disciplines worked in Papua New Guinea from the 1950s.

'High Street Dreams: Shops and Shopping in the Early Days' curated by Margaret Avard examines the transformation of shopping from the simple provision of goods, via markets and door-to-door pedlars, to 'high street' specialty and department stores, and later to suburban shopping malls. Photographs, mail order catalogues, sales registers, and order books of Australian retailers such as Marcus Clark and Company Ltd, McEwans Ltd, McDowells Ltd, Paterson, Laing and Bruce Ltd, and Burns Philp and Company Ltd, and the records of the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees' Association are displayed in this exhibition.