|Pigment Manufacturers of Australia Limited Guide to Records|
About the records
Scope and Content
The records in the Pigment Manufacturers of Australia Limited (PMA Ltd) collection cover the full period of Company operation and also show a range of the Company's activities (although certain financial, personnel and technical records were disposed of elsewhere). Also included are a number of records from Imperial Chemical Industries of Australia and New Zealand Limited (ICIANZ), who operated the Pigments Plant at Laverton from 1960 to 31 December 1969 before forming PMA Ltd as a joint venture with BASF Australia Ltd. Strengths of the collection include general managers' files, detailed monthly reports, outgoing correspondence from senior staff, files and notebooks from the Development department of the company, and a large number of colour sample cards.
Surveying and Mapping the RecordsIn November 1990 Keith Neill (Keith Neill and Associates) contacted Gavan McCarthy (Senior Archivist, Australian Science Archives Project, ASAP) and asked for advice regarding the records of PMA Ltd, which was about to close down. The records were considered important, and remain signifcant, as PMA Ltd made noteable contributions to the development of chemical technology and was the only plant in Australia to have made pythalocyanine pigments.
Gavan McCarthy and staff from Museum Victoria visited Alan Barlee (General Manager) at PMA Ltd, Laverton. Initially, it was believed that most of the records dealt with the recent history of the company, with little remaining from the early years of PMA Ltd, or from the 1960s when ICIANZ operated the Laverton plant. However, additional material from this time was located and is included here.
In January 1991 an onsite working bee was conducted and a "List of Record Series" or Archives Survey document was produced. This document, as well as further information about this guide and the records it describes, including transfer arrangements, custodianship and other contextual information, is held in the office files and the Heritage Documentation Management System (HDMS) database at the eScholarship Research Centre, University of Melbourne.
Arrangement and Description of the RecordsThe records of PMA Ltd were transferred to the State Library of Victoria in 2007 from the eScholarship Research Centre - eSRC (previously Australian Technology and Heritage Centre - Austehc - and ASAP before that) at the University of Melbourne.
Following the transfer of the records to the State Library of Victoria, eSRC staff recorded the physical arrangement of the collection in the HDMS database, and then undertook a survey of the collection, including the arrangement and description of the records. Some series and groups of records were subsequently re-arranged, and (in collaboration with the State Library of Victoria) the full collection was re-housed to ensure its preservation. At the same time, all provenance, series and item descriptions were reviewed and, in most cases, substantially rewritten and expanded.
The 2008 edition of the Pigment Manufacturers of Australia Limited Guide to Records has been produced as a result of this work.
ProvenanceAs the 1991 working bee was conducted in a single day, and many departments of PMA Ltd had amalgamated as part of the closure process, provenance was difficult to assign for some groups of records. Pigment Manufacturers of Australia Limited has been used for those items or series where a finer provenance attribution was not possible.
Dates of RecordsMany items in the Pigment Manufacturers of Australia Limited Collection have no dates. Two date ranges have been used as a default in this guide for inventory items found to have no explicit or inscribed opening and closing dates. Where the inventory item can be identified as a Pigment Manufacturers of Australia Limited file, the dates read '1970?-1991?, No dates.' Where such information is unavailable, the dates read '1960?-1991?, No dates.'
DigitisationIn 2005, IT Environmental (Australia) Pty Ltd (pursuant to a Cleanup Notice issued by EPA) did an environmental audit of the former PMA Ltd site at Laverton. As part of their investigation the company wished to view the records of PMA Ltd and contacted Austehc, resulting in the digital imaging of 573 records from 26 inventory items.
In June 2006 a further 1,993 records from 18 different inventory items were imaged as part of work for the University of Sydney's School of Business.
All the digital images produced as a result of Austehc's interaction with these organisations are attached to the relevant inventory item descriptions in this guide.
Museum VictoriaA significant collection of additional material from Pigment Manufacturers of Australia Limited is held by Museum Victoria, who were involved in the initial surveying and mapping of the company's records. Strengths of the Museum Victoria collection include a model of the Laverton plant, and a large number of items related to staff working conditions and health and safety.
How These Records Can Be UsedResearchers wishing to consult these records will need to contact the State Library of Victoria regarding the access conditions that may apply to specific series or inventory items.
Where material from the Pigment Manufacturers of Australia Limited Collection is copied or quoted the source of the material must be acknowledged.
Preferred CitationRecords from the Pigment Manufacturers of Australia Limited Collection should be cited as [Inventory item number and title], [Series number], Pigment Manufacturers of Australia Limited Collection, MS 13626, State Library of Victoria, Australia.
For citation of the published guide, an acceptable form would be: Barbara Cytowicz, Ann McCarthy, Gavan McCarthy, Michael Jones and Rachel Tropea, Pigment Manufacturers of Australia Limited Guide to Records, The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre, 2008 [URL and date accessed].
Publication HistoryThis is the full history of the Pigment Manufacturers of Australia Limited Guide to Records:
CopyrightThe Pigment Manufacturers of Australia Limited Guide to Records has been published by the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre (previously the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre). You may download, temporarily store in cache and display the material on this web site in unaltered form only. You may also print and copy the material on this site in unaltered form as permitted by the Copyright Act 1968 only (retaining this copyright notice). This guide is the result of serious scholarly research and must be formally acknowledged as such when the guide itself or the records it catalogues are cited.
The Pigment Manufacturers of Australia Limited Collection is held by the State Library of Victoria. The State Library of Victoria manages any rights (including moral rights) in all material contained in the Pigment Manufacturers of Australia Limited Records.
All information in the guide to this collection and in the material of the collection itself, served from Australia, is administered under Australian Intellectual Property Laws.
Guide ImageThe photograph seen on the top left hand side of the Guide is a detail of the photograph "Automatic Boilers and Services Piping", from PMA0127, "Site Photographs and Photograph of Artistic Impression of Plant", Series 2, Pigment Manufacturers of Australia Limited Collection, MS 13626, State Library of Victoria, Australia.