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UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register

Letter to George Jones PRG 1 10 3 
Stan Ostoja Kotkowski light show PRG 919 41 21 8 
Pitjantjatjara childrens drawing PRG 1218 122 1 1 

In 1992 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) established the Memory of the World Programme. UNESCO released the following statement:

Documentary heritage reflects the diversity of languages, peoples and cultures. It is the mirror of the world and its memory. But this memory is fragile. Every day, irreplaceable parts of this memory disappear for ever.

UNESCO has launched the Memory of the World Programme to guard against collective amnesia calling upon the preservation of the valuable archive holdings and library collections all over the world ensuring their wide dissemination.

The Australian Memory of the World program is one of over 60 Memory of the World programs worldwide. The Australian program aims to:

In 2004, the State Library successfully nominated the Deed of Settlement of the South Australian Company 1836 to the Australian Memory of the World Register.

In June 2007, the State Library of South Australia nominated three significant Collections for inclusion on this Register:

Selected items from these collections are exhibited in the Library's Treasures Wall.

All State Library nominations were accepted for inclusion on the Australian Memory of the World Register, as announced by the Third International Conference of the UNESCO Memory of the World programme, held at the National Library of Australia, Canberra.

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James S. Pearce, Kapunda Football Club, 1879, B 7437
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