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iPod tour helps Australians tune into heritage.

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Visitors to the National Archives of Australia’s Memory of a Nation exhibition will be able to tune into their heritage thanks to an innovative iPod® tour launched in Canberra today.

Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator George Brandis, and Assistant Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, John Cobb, said the joint project brought to life iconic records and key moments in the Australian story.

“This tour is a way for people to experience the Archives’ Memory of a Nation exhibition and in turn the places on our National Heritage List,” Senator Brandis said.

“Objects in the exhibition range from Douglas Mawson’s historic Antarctic proclamation to a travel poster from the infamous ‘Bodyline’ Cricket test series.

“A visitor can take an iPod®, select the object they’d like to learn more about and then view the object as they listen to a detailed audio description. The tour can also be downloaded via the web.

“This could be one of the first MP3 tours of its kind in Australia. It’s a great example of how technology can help make heritage and the arts accessible to everyone.”

Mr Cobb said the tour featured tales of ordinary and extraordinary Australians, and their connection to places on the Australian Government’s premier heritage list.

“The tour gives people the opportunity to discover how certain objects tell the stories of the people, events and places that have shaped our nation,” he said.

“One of the highlights of the exhibition is the pilot’s licence application of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, an aviation pioneer whose record-breaking flights encouraged a new Australian industry.

“The tour also includes promotional travel posters for the 1932 Ashes test series, which was to become one of the most infamous in cricketing history.

“The stage for the ‘Bodyline’ matches and the beginning of Donald Bradman’s batting career was the Melbourne Cricket Ground, placed on the National Heritage List in December 2005.

“Another 1930s travel poster in the exhibition encourages people to visit the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest reef ecosystem and a place of undisputed natural beauty.

“Declared a World Heritage area in 1981 for its outstanding universal values, the reef is home to an array of marine life and attracts two million tourists every year.”

The Memory of a Nation exhibition and iPod® tour is a permanent display at the National Archives of Australia. For more information and to download the tour visit or

Contact: Senator Brandis - Travis Bell 0448 950 248 Minister Cobb - Tom Chesson 0418 41 5597

[13 August 2007]