State Archivist blogs!

Meg Travers Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 08:28

Welcome all SRO bloggers! It seems appropriate for me as State Archivist to kick start SRO’s new blog and what better way than to talk about one of the highlights of my job. In my position I get to marvel at the many archives in our collection and I’d like to share one of my favourites with you.

SRO holds the suicide note of the State’s Engineer in Chief, C Y O’Connor, presented as evidence in the Coronial enquiry into his death in 1902. Many of you will know that O’Connor committed suicide following negative publicity and intense public criticism over the construction of the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme. This letter is a poignant testament to his state of mind at the time he made the fateful decision to end his life. It never fails to move me. You can view it on our website via our catalogue at Accession 997, file 1902/976 (Crown Law Dept, Inquest; CY O’Connor).

Do you have a favourite SRO archive to share?