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Treasuring our story: the archiving project
Calling for Eremos artefacts! Pull out those drawers, the box under the bed, the files at the back of the cabinet! If you have any items – photographs, documents, letters – that could be donated to the archives of Eremos, or to the State Library of NSW, please contact us.
The original artwork shown in the picture* is just one item we hope to donate to the State Library of NSW or to keep in our own archives. It is from the original artwork for the front cover of EREMOS Exploring Spirituality in Australia, Twentieth Anniversary Issue Aug 2002 No. 80: Asylum Seekers by Margaret Ackland.
The contribution to Australian society and history made by Eremos over the last 35 years is immeasurable. These decades span a time of great Australian writers and artists, thinkers and theologians (many of whom became Eremos members or contributed to our events and publications); a re-embracing of the disciplines of silence and meditation; an attending to Aboriginal practitioners of dadirri; and a widespread grassroots movement of exploration of religious and spiritual traditions.
Eremos in the early 1980s, with its weekend retreats, events and workshops, the publication of Eremos Newsletter and later the EREMOS Magazine and Essay Supplements, was a pioneer in its exploration of ancient spiritual disciplines, and of how the Christian tradition related to Australian society, the arts, and social and environmental justice. Eremos has continued to this day, providing a forum for the voices of spiritual exploration, within Christianity and beyond, in Australia and in our world.
Preserving the material artefacts of Eremos has been an ongoing project – records filed away over the years and copies of the publications submitted to the State Library of NSW. Our thanks go to the past Council Secretaries and Directors of Eremos, to the South Hurstville Anglican Church for providing storage space, and to the volunteers who met the physical and mental challenges of sorting, culling, and moving materials. Our thanks also go to those who have in recent times created and maintained the computer/internet storage of documents and publications.
The task goes on. At present, energies are focussed on completing the hardcopy collection at the State Library of NSW and creating a separate archival set of publications and other materials to be held by Eremos, for use by the membership, or the editor or historian of the future.
For any queries concerning the archival process or an initial flagging of the material you might like to donate please TEXT me on 0405 979 153, or write to me at the address below. At this stage no copies of Eremos Newsletter, EREMOS Magazine or Essay Supplements are required.
If you have any other original material relevant to Eremos that could be archived, please post it to the address below. Make sure you accompany the item with your name and contact details, and any historical information as to the writer/photographer, date, geographic location or purpose of the item.
Please post your queries or items for archiving to
c/- Pitt Street Uniting Church
264 Pitt St
Sydney NSW 2000
*Permission granted by artist.