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    The Irish Anzacs Project is a significant research undertaking of the Global Irish Studies Centre (now called Irish Studies at UNSW), made possible by a grant from the Irish government's Emigrant Support Program. The project aims to identify all Irish-born enlistments in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) during the First World War, or as close to all as is practicable, and to compile a publicly accessible database containing information on each of them. The database will provide families with information on their Irish-born family members who served in the war as well as providing statistical information to assist researchers understand the contribution of the Australian Irish to the war effort.

    The database is confined to those of Irish birth rather than of Irish descent for the very pragmatic reason that, because the AIF service records held by the National Archives of Australia (NAA) include place of birth, the Irish-born are capable of identification.

    The information in the database has been extracted from the NAA service records and includes the following details: name, town and county of birth, date and place of enlistment, declared age, occupation, marital status, next of kin location, previous military service, religion, and the unit to which initially posted. Over time, additional information will be added from other sources such as the Roll of Honour, the Embarkation Roll, the Nominal Roll, the list of Honours and Decorations and the Red Cross files relating to the wounded and missing and to prisoners of war, ultimately producing for each soldier a comprehensive record.


    The ReelDance MIC is a significant and continually expanding resource containing significant examples of local and international dance on screen work. Where permission has been granted, videos can be viewed online. This is indicated by a "View Online" link displaying on the record.

    ReelDance Moving Image Collection (MIC) is a curated and prestigious archive housed in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Repository at the University of New South Wales. Curators include Erin Brannigan, Alessio Cavallero and Tracie Mitchell. It is envisaged that the collection will not only be maintained, but also gradually expanded by guest curators under the guidance of the associated UNSW academic, Dr. Erin Brannigan.

    This unique curated archive of works by more than 200 renowned and emerging artists tracks the development of dance on screen as an art form over the past thirteen years in Australia and internationally. Artists include Cobie Orger, Kate Murphy, Shona McCullagh, Paul Zivkovich, Paul McNeill, La Ribot, Les Ballets C de la B, Thierry de Mey, Julie-Anne Long, Sean O'Brien, Jan Verbeek, Jonathan Burrows, Ballet Russes, Heidrun Lohr, Nalina Wait, Sue Healey, Meg Stuart and Lucy Guerin.

    The archive will provide resources for teaching, research and artistic development in dance, an art form that is notoriously difficult to pin down as an object of study. And amongst practices where dance and the moving image co-exist, the collection documents developments in single-screen work across a crucial historical period. UNSW is a benchmark institution of cultural research and learning, and, with a strong representation of academics and curricula in both dance and film studies, the University provides the ideal future home for the collection.

    ReelDance began in 1999 as a response to the growth in choreographic, screen-based works both internationally and in Australia and New Zealand. Under the guidance of founding director Erin Brannigan, the first ReelDance Festival was staged in 2000 – a one-off screening in Sydney's Chinatown that became a biennial event with an ever-growing tour schedule. In 2009, the Australia Council for the Arts granted ReelDance the status of 'emerging key organisation'. After 12 years as a world-leading organisation dedicated to commissioning, exhibiting, promoting and collecting Australian and international dance on screen, ReelDance closed on 31 August 2012. The Moving Image Collection (along with the biennial Dance on Screen festival) has been one of ReelDance's major achievements.

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