SPY exhibition tells the story of Australian espionage

Media release: Thursday, 31 May 2018

Often cloaked in myth, the stories of spies are sometimes stranger than fiction. SPY: Espionage in Australia reveals the personal experiences of secret agents and the curious history of espionage and counter-espionage in Australia, from Federation through to the present day.

On tour from the National Archives of Australia, SPY will bring the stories of real spies out of the shadows and into the light at the Museum of the Riverina from Thursday 31 May to Sunday 12 August.

This exhibition shows authentic spy equipment and surveillance images from ASIO and other security organisations, and features candid interviews with ASIO officers. Visitors of all ages can enjoy hands-on activities, play the part of a secret agent in the interactive trail, and test their skills at codebreaking and reading invisible ink.

'International spies have appeared in popular culture for decades but our own country's history of espionage is something that would be unfamiliar to many people,' Archives Director-General David Fricker said.

'In this exhibition you'll find everything from quirky spy gadgets to serious historical stories. We were able to draw extensively from the Archives' collection and collaborate with security organisations that are normally out of the public view. We look forward to sharing this exhibition first with the Wagga community, before touring it to other venues around the country.'

'The Museum of the Riverina is excited about this partnership with the Archives and to have the privilege of being the first venue hosting SPY: Espionage in Australia,' Manager Museum of the Riverina Luke Grealy said.

Exhibition development supported by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, the Australian Government's Visions of Australia and National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program.

High-res images are available at Media images: SPY

Contact information

  • Sophia McDonald (Senior Communications Officer)
    t (02) 6212 3697 m 0417 247 157 e media@naa.gov.au
  • Museum of the Riverina (243 Baylis St, Wagga Wagga)
    t (02) 6926 9655 e museum@wagga.nsw.gov.au

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