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$3.0m for new national archive

Saturday, May 19, 2007

ABOUT $3.8million will be used to build a new complex and renovate the old National Archives.

Government archivist Setareki Tale said construction of the new complex, which started in 2005, would be completed by the end of the year.

He said the project was to ensure the proper preservation and safe custody of records held in the archive.

A statement said the new complex which is being built at Kimberley Street, was funded by the interim Government.

The total cost of construction would be about $3million while $0.8million would be used for the renovation of the present archive building at Carnavon Street.

Mr Tale said the new complex would allow the expansion of the archive's services.

According to a staff member, the building which presently houses the National Archives was built in 1914 and used to be the government printery.

"In 1978 the National Archives moved in but it was previously located at the Public Service Commission complex," he said.

"It was known as the Western Pacific High Commission Central Archives," he said.

"The National Archives opened around 1954."

Mr Tale said they did not face any problems at the moment regarding the building except that as the records started to accumulate, there was limited space and they needed more room.

"We just need more space but we will also be using this old building that we are located in at the moment," he said.

"The problem right now is space to accommodate all the records and artifacts we have. We don't really have a problem."

The National Archives of Fiji is the custodian of permanent records of Fiji, both public and private, dating back to 1835.

It is responsible for the proper preservation and maintenance of records held by it to meet its objectives of providing information contained in the records to the interim Government, students and the public when required.


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