About the book
Michael Piggott identifies some broad enduring themes from more than a century of interaction between Hobart and Canberra. This guide offers a sample of the vast resource of files, photos and other material available through the National Archives' website and its reading rooms. Where especially relevant, the guide also points to teh collection of other archives such as the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office. It includes additional information to help researchers including those undertaking family history, academic and other scholarly investigations, local histories or compiling heritage material.
The guide includes and A-Z section of micro stories. They show that more Tasmanian stories can be found using Commonwealth records that have been overlooked for too long or previously unknown.
About the author
Michel Piggott has worked at the National Library of Australia, Australian War Memorial, National Archives of Australia and University of Melbourne. He has postgraduate qualifications in librarianship, archives and history. As an archives consultant and independant scholar, he was awarded a fellowship with the Australian Prime Ministers Centre in 2008 and in 2011-12 was an associate of the National Museum of Australia's Centre for Historical Research.
He has published widely on archival history and education, including scholarly guides to collections, personal papers and diaries. His previous book Archives and Societal Provenance: Australia essays was published in 2012. The National Archives commissioned him to write this research guide.