PANDORA- Wonderful archived websites in Trove
Find archived websites preserved in Trove for a snapshot of the times. PANDORA is a marvellous acronym - Preserving and Accessing Networked Documentary Resources of Australia. You can read more about Australia’s web archive here. There is something for everyone in PANDORA-from sport to religion, poetry to politics, spoof universities to global warming, from quilting to literary controversies and so on.
The official website of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games was archived between January 1998 and October 2000, including every day of competition. If you need to settle those Trivia Night discussions, this would be the place
And remember Fatso the Wombat, the unofficial mascot of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games created by sporting comedians "Roy and HG".
A new flag in time for the 2000 Olympics was high in the agenda in 1997. See some of the designs here -and why we still have the same flag perhaps.
The start of the Howard era is remembered here and farewelled here when it was all over. At one stage Mark Latham was a contender, and not to forget the frenzy of Pauline Hanson's One Nation moment.
The 1998 election can be revisited on the ABC website, a busy year which also saw an Australian republic on the agenda, and a Constitutional Convention held in Canberra in February 1998. It was a busy time leading up to the referendum on this in November 1999.
Remember the Yes campaign here.
1998 also saw National Sorry Day which was first held a year after the tabling in Federal parliament of Bringing Them Home, the Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families.
The Spoof university website for the Australian International University offered “More better education”, and advised you not to scroll beyond the bottom of the page as you might break your monitor.
Literary controversies – remember Helen Demidenko aka Darville who won the Miles Franklin prize in 1995 with her novel 'The Hand that Signed the Paper', but who was later discredited when it was revealed she was not of Ukrainian descent as she had claimed.
Early Crikey websites show that not much changes in politics but the medium does. Crikey was an early example of an independent electronic magazine available to subscribers, an open access website and a must read for political junkies.
Special interest websites include the The National Quilt Register, an initiative of the Pioneer Women’s Hut Museum located in Tiumbarumba. You can click on the quilt tree to find quilts in particular styles, and you can add your own pre 1965 quilt to the National Collection.