The Charles Sturt University Regional Archives will be closed from 6 June 2022 to undertake our long-awaited relocation. We will re-open in early 2023
Our new Search Room will be on the top floor of the Merrylees Library on the north campus of Charles Sturt University [see building location]. There is a fantastic view of Wagga from that floor which you will need to come and see for yourself. We will be providing more information on how to find us in the coming months.
The Art Curator will also be moving into the Merrylees Library with us. As part of the renovations, he will be be gaining some dedicated work and storage areas where the University's valuable art collection can be held when not on public display around the campuses.
While the Archives are closed, we will still be attending to mandatory internal and government requests where possible. For other matters, please email us or leave a message on our answering service. While we will be monitoring our email and phone messages, please understand we may not be able to attend to your enquiry during this very busy time.
Charles Sturt University periodically commissions portraits of Senior Executive officers; recently one such oil painting was hung in the board room of The Grange in Bathurst. This process is driven by the University Art Collection and funded by The McDonough Endowment.
Melbourne-based, 2018 Archibald Prize winning artist, Yvette Coppersmith was commissioned to paint the Vice Chancellor of Charles Sturt University (2012-2020), Professor Andrew Vann, in October 2019.
Coppersmith is very familiar with portrait commissions, having painted Rupet Myer, Chair of the Australian Council of the Arts (2012-2018); international law specialist, Gillian Triggs, who was the former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission and is a current Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations; Brian Wilson, the former Chancellor of the University of Technology Sydney; and Emeritus Professor Anne Green of the School of Physics at the Univerity of Technology Sydney.
The first meetings, then three sittings, between the Vice-Chancellor and the artist started on 25 November 2019 at the National Gallery of Victoria. Lockdowns and COVID-19 outbreaks delayed the final three sittings of the portrait, which was completed at the end of 2020 and the work hung in The Grange board room in early 2022.
Achieving Higher Education in Albury-Wodonga traces the arrival of tertiary education in the Albury-Wodonga region through the story of Charles Sturt University.
Through the use of oral history interviews with past staff and students, it demonstrates the necessity of tertiary institutions in regional Australia in providing equity in services, promoting regional development, and strengthening communities.
This is a well-told story by Portia Dilena and shows why the Albury-Wodonga/Thurgoona campus is 'here to stay in the public good'.