Enter Sandman

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This chapter tells the story of an encounter with the original design prints of the Holden Sandman motorcar held in the Holden archive in the Library of South Australia:
Looking for Special Some years after the millennium turned, on a hot summer’s day in the Antipodes, a cohort of Australian libraries garnered their efforts to gather the best of their objects and manuscripts. Their purpose was to mount an exhibition showcasing Australia’s priceless treasures. In time over two hundred items were selected and assembled for display, although the criteria for assessing the nation’s ‘jewels’ remains a mystery to this day. Like other exhibitions of this kind, the contents of National Treasures were presented as an assortment of ‘extraordinary items that have shaped our nation’,1 images and cultural objects deemed to be of particular relevance to Australian life. How do you measure values and significance such as this? What does the history of a nation look like when it is made of materials like wood, stone, paper, and metal rather than the abstract forces of words, ideas, events, and beliefs? Can we even separate the matter from its meaning in the first place?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationObject Stories
Subtitle of host publicationArtifacts and Archaeologists
EditorsSteve Brown, Anne Clarke, Ursula Frederick
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781315423371
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


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