Media release: Monday, 4 January 2016
The National Archives of Australia is saddened by the death of the Honourable Jim Carlton AO on 24 December.
'Jim Carlton was Chair of the National Archives Advisory Council from March 1998 to November 2003,' said Director-General David Fricker.
'His chairmanship oversaw a time of major changes for the National Archives, during which the organisation was beginning to meet the challenges posed by the digital world.
'It was at this stage that the Archives offered researchers the option to view digital versions of collection items on the Archives website. This gave access to all Australians regardless of where they lived.
'During this time, the Archives also developed ground-breaking new software which laid the groundwork for Australian government agencies to transfer digital records into the Archives' digital repository, preserving them for future researchers and overcoming the problem of digital obsolescence.
'It was also during Jim Carlton's chairmanship that, for the first time, the Archives received Census information on the 10 million Australians who had nominated to have their information preserved. The rolls of microfilm from the Australian Bureau of Statistics were deposited in the Archives' security vaults where they will remain until they are released to the public in August 2100.
'Members of the National Archives Advisory Council had been concerned that the previous practice of destroying census forms resulted in a major source of historical information being lost to the nation,' said Mr Fricker.
The National Archives extends condolences to Mr Carlton's wife and family.