In the last few months two more Australian institutions joined Flickr: The Commons, Flickr‘s Public Domain photo archive. Creative Commons Australia is proud to inform you that the Australian War Memorial and the State Library of New South Wales join Powerhouse Museum, Sydney on the repository.

The State Library of New South Wales launched on The Commons in late September this year. The War Memorial, along with the Imperial War Museum in the United Kingdom, were added to The Commons on 11 November 2008, the 90th anniversary of Armistice Day, the day the First World War came to an end.

We could direct you to the War Memorial’s copyright statement on their website for insight into their decision to release out of copyright images on Flickr, but Melbourne teacher librarian and blogger, Rhondda Powling does a superb job of outlining the War Memorial’s sentiments on Rhondda’s Reflections.

Talking about the photo above, of a group of an unidentified members of the Australian Headquarter’s staff taken by Captain James Francis Hurley, she says:

Wouldn’t it be great if these men could be identified and their story told. What about the young people sharing this with older members of their families. Who knows where it could lead? Doesn’t it make for some interesting ideas for research assignments for students, or creative writing, telling a story that might have been. It could combine historical research and creative writing for English. The books of Anthony Hills or Ken Catran, or the My story series could be used as examples.

This is exactly what Flickr: The Commons exists to do. The archive aims to both increase access to publicly-held photography collections and to foster and inspire the general public to contribute information and knowledge.

Photos from both institutions are now available on their respective photostreams on Flickr. You can see the Australian War Memorial’s photostream here and the State Library of New South Wales’ here. Of course, it is also worth checking out the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney’s photostream too. And while we’re at it, it is also worth a mention that the National Library of New Zealand also joined The Commons in November this year. We wonder how much longer till some of the other Australian libraries, museums, archives and institutions take up this cause.

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