Teacher, archivist, historian, author and community volunteer, Evangeline is passionate and focused and has been an IEU member since 1988. She has taught in many Sydney schools including Claremont College, The International Grammar School, The Scots College, Ascham, MLC Burwood and St Catherine’s, but has been doing archival work now for many years.
“Some of the joys of being an archivist are creating significant and celebrated places for collections, or simply sifting through stories and researching a particular person. Although that person may have been dead for 50 years, you can get to know him or her from a sociological perspective. It’s like working on a very big jigsaw puzzle. Information might come through a phone call or a letter, or discovery of an item that’s been tucked away for decades; they’re significant pieces of that wonderful puzzle.
“School archivists create a sense of community wherever they work and we have the opportunity of enhancing collections over time. We educate and publish and give value and place for what is the history of education here in Australia. I use all my experience and qualifications in the process but there are many courses we need to do to keep up with things and we help each other with our projects. I’ve met some extraordinary archivists in Catholic schools, independent schools, selective schools and of course colleges and universities.”
Evangeline has a Master of Education, a Bachelor of Education as well as a Diploma in Teaching and she firmly believes archivists need to be part of a strong and supportive network. In conjunction with her union membership she is a professional member of the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA), a member of Museums Australia and the History Council of Australia. Membership of all these groups is not inexpensive, but as Evangeline said, the information you can share with other colleagues is invaluable.