Help needed to save Australian Heritage @ Duncan Miller Gallery, Santa Monica [16 August]

Help needed to save Australian Heritage


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16
August
19:00 - 20:00

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Duncan Miller Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave, # A7, Santa Monica, California 90404
Help needed to save Australian Heritage

Informational talk, Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 7-8 pm
Duncan Miller Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave, Unit A7
Santa Monica CA 90404
310-453-1111
***RSVP required: [email protected]­

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The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper (founded 1831) is the oldest contin-uously published newspaper in Australia. The newspaper owners sent its entire two-million piece vintage photograph archive to Arkansas to be digitized in 2013.

This archive contains the complete pictorial history of Australia. This is currently considered the largest Australian cultural asset of outside of Australia.

Unfortunately this was a botched business deal, and through a series of events this archive became bank owned and was set to be disbanded or discarded.

Daniel Miller, the owner of Duncan Miller Gallery in Santa Monica, CA, discovered this situation and bought the entire archive with the goal of repatriating as much of it as possible back to Australia.

Early success has helped to return some 50,000 of these photographs already (Bradman Museum, Sydney Opera House, Tramway Museum, Beleura House and Garden, the town of Newcastle, etc).

There is a lot of work to do. We have divided the archive into some 500 categories, and are seeking museums and institutions in Australia to take portions that fit their collections.

We seek Australians (and people who love Australia) who are interested in protecting this heritage to acquire works at a subsidized rate to support and donate. At the moment, museums for Firefighting, Railways and Whales have expressed interest, but need modest financial assistance. We can support both corporate and private interest.
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