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Listed below are media releases from the National Archives of Australia for the following years:
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Media releases for 2013

There were 50 media releases in 2013.

Aboriginal and Islander stories: I’ve been working on the railway

Friday, 22 November 2013

The railway stories and experiences of Torres Strait Islanders, Aboriginal people and Australian South Sea Islanders feature in a free ex...

Camels and cameleers 'forgotten'

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Camel teams played a key role in developing Australia but their contribution has largely been forgotten, says Mairi Popplewell from the National Archives in ...

One-stop-shop for Territory records

Monday, 11 November 2013

Various records of the Wave Hill walk-off, including photographs and an oral history of spokesman Vincent Lingiari, are among the many items held in the coll...


'Today we are refugees in the country of our ancestors'

Monday, 11 November 2013

The National Archives of Australia today presented a copy of the Larrakia petition from its collection to the Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation.

National Archives – an agent of change

Thursday, 31 October 2013

In an age that creates and demands information like never before, the National Archives of Australia sees its role as an agent of change, according to its 20...

Last chance to view Waterhouse Prize winners

Thursday, 31 October 2013

One of the most popular exhibitions to visit Canberra each year will close on Sunday 10 November.


Discovering South Australia in the Archives

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Commonwealth Government Records about South Australia by National Archives historian Dr Sara King was launched by the Honourable John Bannon AO at the...

The making of Canberra

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

A new guide to archival records about the Australian Capital Territory will be launched this evening at the Australian Society of Archivists conference in Canberra.

Archives seeks rural people who experienced forced adoption for project

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

The National Archives of Australia invites rural and regional people affected by or having experience with forced adoption, to participat...


Volunteers reveal South Australian records

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

South Australian records in the National Archives' collection are becoming easier to find for everyone, with the help of volunteer transcribers within the co...

One chance to see top Waterhouse artworks

Thursday, 19 September 2013

The top entries in the prestigious Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize will be on show at the National Archives in Canberra from 20 September, the only loca...

Farewell to Max Dupain

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

The people of Australia have only a few more days to catch Max Dupain on Assignment, an exhibition from the National Archives of Australia, now on show at Liverpool City Library.


Blasphemous, indecent or obscene

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Mairi Popplewell, from the National Archives in Brisbane, is shedding light on Australia’s censorship process in two free public seminars Banned Books on Wed...

Last days of once-in-a-century exhibition

Friday, 6 September 2013

Design 29: creating a capital, the once-in-a-century exhibition at the National Archives of Australia is closing this weekend.

Research winners: from sterilisation to the New Settlers' League

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Two research projects, one into contraceptive sterilisation in Australia and one on the New Settlers' League have received a boost, with ...


British migrant stories come out of the vault

Monday, 26 August 2013

British migrants heading for Adelaide on the Straithaird in 1954 were in for a shock when they reached Australia. An outbreak of smallpox on board ...

South Sea Islanders – kidnapped, enslaved, deported: the tragedy of Queensland sugar workers

Monday, 12 August 2013

From the 1860s until 1903 many thousands of South Sea Islanders were kidnapped, lured or indentured to work...

How to navigate Machinery of Government changes

Friday, 9 August 2013

With the election only weeks away, public servants are queuing up to learn more about navigating Machinery of Government changes, with an overbooked seminar ...


Public Servants celebrate Canberra’s centenary – In work and In play

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Public servants past and present are being asked to share their memories in celebration of the Australian Public Service (APS), its peopl...

Australia welcomed post-war Eastern Bloc refugees

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Australia welcomed more than 170,000 post-war refugees between 1947 and 1953, including large groups from Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Ukraine, Hungar...

Back to 1900 for all the family

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

With a theme of 'Back to 1900', the National Archives in Canberra is inviting families to enjoy some good old-fashioned fun – and discover more about Austral...


Mothers among those to advise National Archives on forced adoptions project

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Nine Australians affected by forced adoptions have been appointed to a federal government working group that will liaise with the Nationa...

A special birthday gift for Canberra

Monday, 1 July 2013

The National Archives of Australia has marked Canberra's centenary with a special birthday gift – the transfer of the city's coat of arms into ACT custody.

Alone across the world

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Mairi Popplewell from the National Archives of Australia's Brisbane office is sharing the secrets of child migration found in archival records, in two public seminars in Brisbane on 15 and 19 June.


Hackers produce application to help Archives track cultural journeys

Friday, 7 June 2013

The National Archives of Australia's passenger arrivals data came under the heavy scrutiny of over 900 hackers at GovHack 2013.

Get the latest digitised archives

Friday, 7 June 2013

The National Archives of Australia has created its own SODA stream to alert people to recently digitised records from its collection of more than 50 million ...

Agencies' responsibilities in a digital world

Thursday, 23 May 2013

With 2015 set as the deadline for Commonwealth agencies to make the transition to digital management and storage, the National Archives has organised a confe...


An Aboriginal family's struggle for survival

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

A request from Aboriginal serviceman Percy Pepper, to return to Australia from wartime Europe in 1918 to care for his ailing wife Lucy, is part of an exhibit...

Wireless radio in Australia

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

The history of wireless radio in Australia is full of fascinating stories.

Holt briefcase subject of British TV host's 'Hidden Treasures' documentary

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Former Australian prime minister Harold Holt’s stylish leather briefcase and some of its intriguing contents, on display at the National ...


Archives involved in Hackfest for who's who of data industry

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

The National Archives of Australia is excited to be part of GovHack 2013 and this year will allow access to its Passenger Arrivals' Index...

Connecting information and people

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

The National Archives has welcomed the theme of 'Connecting Information and People' for this year's Information Awareness Month in May.

Family history for post-war migrants

Friday, 12 April 2013

The National Archives is reaching out to encourage post-war migrants to discover their family history through its website Destination: Australia – sharing ou...


Shake Your Family Tree at the National Archives – Canberra

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Shake Your Family Tree day at the National Archives next Tuesday (16 April) offers family historians the opportunity to pick the...

Shake Your Family Tree at the National Archives – Brisbane

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Shake Your Family Tree day at the National Archives in Brisbane next Tuesday (16 April) offers family historians the opportunity to pick ...

Shake Your Family Tree at the National Archives – Adelaide

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Shake Your Family Tree day at the National Archives in Adelaide next Tuesday (16 April) offers family historians the opportunity...


Shake Your Family Tree at the National Archives – Hobart

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Shake Your Family Tree day at the National Archives in Hobart next Tuesday (16 April) offers family historians the opportunity t...

Shake Your Family Tree at the National Archives – Perth

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Shake Your Family Tree day at the National Archives in Perth next Tuesday (16 April) offers family historians the opportunity to...

Shake Your Family Tree at the National Archives – Sydney

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Shake Your Family Tree day at the National Archives at Chester Hill next Tuesday (16 April) offers family historians the opportu...


Roo boy shakes his family tree

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Kangaroo player Michael Firrito from the North Melbourne Football Club will be among those shaking their family tree at the National Archives in Melbourne ne...

Exhibition and website to feature forced adoption stories

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Following the Prime Minister's apology to people affected by forced adoption practices today, the National Archives of Australia will create an exhibition ...

Online migrant photos and stories enrich the Australian story

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

The National Archives is encouraging post-war migrants and their descendants to search for familiar faces and share their own stories on...


Being digital savvy to preserve Government information

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

The National Archives has launched a new e-learning training module Introduction to digital records, to help agencies be digital savvy when managing G...

A Vision Splendid

Thursday, 7 March 2013

The National Archives has republished a tribute to Marion Mahony Griffin’s artistic skills, launching it on International Women’s Day (8 March) in recognition of her contribution to the design of C...

After dark – at the National Archives

Friday, 1 March 2013

After dark urban gaming, roving performers and special viewings are all part of the Enlighten festival activities at the National Archives over the next two ...


Hoopla, conflict and bureaucratic bungling

Thursday, 28 February 2013

The people, politics and controversy involved in the design of Canberra have come to life in the National Archives’ latest exhibition Design 29: creating a c...

Royal Commission – records disposal freeze

Friday, 1 February 2013

The National Archives has issued a disposal freeze on records which may be required in evidence by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child...

Blasphemous, indecent or obscene

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

A collection of banned books has come out of the vault at the National Archives of Australia to provide visitors with a glimpse into the minds of mid-twentie...


Saving personal records after a bushfire

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

With bushfires currently raging throughout Australia, the National Archives of Australia has drawn attention to its online advice on salvaging personal recor...

Boost for Australian archival research

Thursday, 3 January 2013

The National Archives of Australia and the Australian Historical Association (AHA) have joined forces to encourage postgraduate archival research into Austra...


Media releases for 2012

There were 51 media releases in 2012.

Time capsule of Aussie life from the 2011 Census

Monday, 17 December 2012

With more Australians now choosing to have their Census responses saved for future generations, the National Archives has taken custody of the 2011 Census da...

Money for immigration, health and Anglo-Chinese travels

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

The National Archives of Australia has announced the winners of its annual research grants, this year worth a total of $40,000. Each year the National Archiv...

Archival Memorandum of Understanding signed

Friday, 30 November 2012

The National Archives of Australia and LINC Tasmania have confirmed their commitment to an integrated service for the public, with the recent signing of a Me...


Alone across the world

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

From the 1860s to the 1970s, more than 100,000 British children – some as young as three – travelled alone across the world to face new lives. While some succeeded in creating bright new futures, o...

Royal Commission records – disposal freeze

Friday, 23 November 2012

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister last week to establish a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the National A...

Australian-Chinese relations – 40 years on

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Forty years after Australia and the People’s Republic of China established diplomatic relations, the National Archives and the Chinese Ambassador, His Excell...


Out of the vault – a thousand names and thumb prints

Monday, 19 November 2012

The fragile Larrakia petition, signed with a thousand names and thumbprints, will come out of the vault on Tuesday for a special viewing by the National Arch...

Sharing Canberra's early years

Monday, 12 November 2012

Canberra in the 1920s was a stark place. Paddocks separated government offices from the town centre and prohibition meant a trip to Queanbeyan if you wanted ...

Families share soldiers' stories online

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Personal stories of World War I, preserved in the hearts and minds of soldiers’ families, are being shared across the nation...


International prize helps preserve Australia's history

Thursday, 1 November 2012

A prestigious UNESCO award, with a prize of US$30,000 donated by the City of Cheongju in the Republic of Korea, is enabling the National Archives of Australi...

National Archives tackles future challenges

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

The National Archives has been busy over the past year, with a number of significant achievements as well as taking important steps to tackle key challenges ...

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

Friday, 26 October 2012

To mark the UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage on 27 October, the National Archives is reminding Australians of the rich audiovisual collection it hol...


Countdown to the digital world

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Within three years, all Australian Government agencies will be expected to save, store and manage new information electronically under a new target set by th...

Petro Georgiou and Minister Simon Crean to launch Malcolm Fraser archive guide

Friday, 12 October 2012

A new guide to the archives of Australia's twenty-second Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser, will be launched...

National Archives releases 5-year Corporate Plan

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

The National Archives of Australia has released its priorities for the next five years in its 2012–2017 Corporate Plan.


Longer hours for Adelaide researchers

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

The National Archives of Australia has extended its reading room hours in Adelaide to offer researchers an extra day of access to original records.

The beauty and fragility of our natural world

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

The National Archives in Canberra is again hosting the top entries in the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize™, the only venue outside Adelaide to do so.

Digital world threatens 'reliable evidence'

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Basic concepts such as 'original, reliable, irrefutable evidence' are being turned on their head by the digital society, according to David Fricker, Director...


'The greatest contribution to the archives profession …'

Monday, 3 September 2012

A plan to help Australia’s government agencies and other businesses keep digital information for the future has been acknowledged in the prestigious Mander J...

Top award for Northern Territory research guide

Friday, 24 August 2012

A new research guide to Northern Territory records held by the National Archives of Australia has been selected as a joint winner in the prestigious Mander J...

Archival passenger records to go online

Friday, 24 August 2012

Family historians and other researchers will have greater access to archival records following a new partnership being negotiated between the National Archiv...


Media conference: Archives in a world of social media

Monday, 20 August 2012

Media are invited to attend the Opening Ceremony of the ICA Congress (8.30–9.20am) and the keynote presentation tackling the theme of Sustainability for Arch...

Media conference: Archives in a world of social media

Monday, 20 August 2012

Media are invited to attend the Opening Ceremony of the ICA Congress (8.30–9.20am) and the keynote presentation tackling the theme of Sustainability for Arch...

Hear world's top archivists in Brisbane

Monday, 20 August 2012

What does a former head of MI5, an eminent Spanish jurist and human rights lawyer and the Head Archivist of the United States have in common?


Media conference: Truth, justice and reparation

Friday, 17 August 2012

Media are invited to attend the ICA Congress keynote presentation tackling the theme of Truth for Archives by: Baltasar Garzón Real, Former Judge Magistrate ...

Media conference: Secrecy and accountability: archives in a WikiLeaks world

Friday, 17 August 2012

Media are invited to attend the ICA Congress keynote presentation tackling the theme of Identity for Archives by: Dame Stella Rimington, ...

Were you snapped as a migrant?

Monday, 13 August 2012

Post-war migrants who were snapped by government photographers when they arrived in Australia (or before they left their homeland) feature in a new website c...


Archives celebrates shared services in Adelaide on feast day of St Lawrence, patron saint of archivists

Friday, 10 August 2012

Adelaide's family historians and other researchers have embraced the idea of a one-stop-shop where they can...

National Archives fire simulation

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

With a continued commitment to protecting the heritage items in its custody, the National Archives of Australia has arranged a fire simulation with the ACT E...

New Kings Avenue access to National Archives

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

The National Archives of Australia has welcomed the construction of a new driveway off Kings Avenue, which allows easier access to its heritage building in t...


Online tributes to war dead

Monday, 16 July 2012

Relatives of the men killed on the >i>Montevideo Maru in 1942 are adding heartfelt tributes to a new website honouring their memory.

Mining and dustbowls – their impact on Australia

Friday, 6 July 2012

Joint scholarships from the National Archives of Australia and the Australian Historical Association (AHA) have been awarded to two postgraduate students who...

A Constitution for all Australians: where to next for Indigenous recognition?

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

The National Archives of Australia has joined forces with ABC Radio National to promote discussion of how to best recognise Indigenous Au...


Footprints: The Journey of Lucy and Percy Pepper

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Footprints: The Journey of Lucy and Percy Pepper is a remarkable story about the strength of family in the face of adversity. It traces the history of...

National Archives website commemorates those who perished in Australia's worst maritime disaster

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

The National Archives of Australia will launch a new website on 1 July commemorating Australia’s worst mari...

Archival photographs enrich Memory of the World

Friday, 8 June 2012

A collection of glass-plate photographs portraying Australia's first contacts with Papuan culture has been listed on the UNESCO Asia/Pacific Memory of the Wo...


GovHack 2012 winners bring Archives data to life

Monday, 4 June 2012

National Archives data has inspired some excellent and creative digital projects as part of the recent GovHack 2012 conference held at the University of Canb...

Latest Griffin discovery completes the picture

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

he final original document from the Griffins’ entry into the 1911 Federal Capital Design Competition has been handed over to the National Archives of Austral...

Find your Anzac

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Australians across the nation can track down their Anzac links through a website hosted by the National Archives of Australia.


'Byte' into your family tree

Monday, 26 March 2012

The National Archives is encouraging Adelaide people to 'byte' into their family tree at the South Australian Archives Centre on Tuesday 27 March.

'Byte' into your family history

Monday, 26 March 2012

The National Archives is encouraging people in the Canberra region to visit and 'byte' into their family history at the Archives on Saturday 31 March.

'Byte' into your family tree – Darwin

Monday, 26 March 2012

The National Archives is encouraging Darwin people to 'byte' into their family tree at its Millner office on Saturday 31 March.


'Byte' into your family tree – Perth

Monday, 26 March 2012

The National Archives is encouraging Perth people to 'byte' into their family tree at its office at East Victoria Park on Saturday 31 March.

'Byte' into your family tree – Sydney

Monday, 26 March 2012

The National Archives is encouraging Sydney people to 'byte' into their family tree at its Chester Hill office on Saturday 31 March.

New exhibition explores our deep connection with Antarctica

Friday, 23 March 2012

Arts Minister Simon Crean has opened a new exhibition at the National Archives of Australia celebrating the centenary of the Australasian Antarctic Expeditio...


Changing to a digital environment

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

A plan to move government agencies from paper records to digital information and records management was presented today in Canberra by the Director General o...

$40,000 research grants from National Archives

Friday, 9 March 2012

The National Archives of Australia is again calling for applications for its major research grants, worth a total of $40,000. Applications close on 4 May 2012.

'Byte' into your family tree

Thursday, 8 March 2012

The National Archives is encouraging Melbourne people to 'byte' into their family tree at the Victorian Archives Centre on Saturday 31 March.


Special viewing of Australia's founding documents

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

The National Archives will display some of Australia's most valuable records this weekend in its Federation Gallery which is open for viewing on special occa...

Antarctic inspirations for Enlighten Festival

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

The people, sights and sounds of Antarctica are coming to life at the National Archives this weekend, with a new exhibition and special events for the Enligh...

National Archives exhibitions receive Visions of Australia funding

Friday, 20 January 2012

The National Archives has welcomed the news that the Government’s Visions of Australia program has granted funding for two new exhibitions.



Media releases for 2011

There were 20 media releases in 2011.

The National Archives welcomes a new Director-General

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Minister for the Arts, the Hon Simon Creane MP has announced the appointment of David Fricker as the new Director-General of the National Archives of Austral...

Latest postgraduate scholarship recipients to shed more light on Australia's political history

Monday, 19 December 2011

Joint postgraduate scholarships from the National Archives of Australia and the Australian Historical Assoc...

Exploring small-town Australia

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Smalltown, a new photographic exhibition at the National Archives in Canberra, takes a nostalgic look at far-flung towns across the nation through t...


Traversing Antarctica: the Australian experience

Thursday, 1 December 2011

A new exhibition developed by the National Archives of Australia, in conjunction with the Australian Antarctic Division and the Western Australian Museum.

Hobart's one-stop archival shop

Thursday, 1 December 2011

The National Archives of Australia's Hobart office has now moved to share facilities with the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office (TAHO) at LINC Tasmania p...

Rarely seen First World War portraits revealed ahead of Remembrance Day

Friday, 4 November 2011

Portraits of 500 Australian First World War diggers will soon be seen in Australia, many for the first time, in a collection of digitised...


New website reveals the birth of our nation's capital

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

A new website that documents the development of Australia’s capital city from 1920s to the 1930s portrayed through the eyes of government photographer Willia...

Celebrating nature through art

Friday, 23 September 2011

The National Archives in Canberra is again hosting the top entries in the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize™, with the exhibition launched last n...

Archives honoured with UNESCO prize

Monday, 29 August 2011

The National Archives of Australia has been honoured with an international award from the UNESCO Memory of the World project, to acknowledge its leading role...


Be part of our history, tick 'Yes' to Question 60

Friday, 5 August 2011

On Census night, 9 August 2011, Australians have an opportunity to ensure their story is preserved in our national history for generations to come.

Travel to Archives is history, with new postgraduate scholarships

Friday, 29 July 2011

The National Archives of Australia today launched a joint scholarship program with the Australian Historical Association (AHA) at the AHA...

Constitution Day – Archives celebrates with old-fashioned family fun!

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

This Saturday, Constitution Day celebrations include old-fashioned family activities from 1900 at the National Archives.


National Archives guide for researchers of the northern territory's past

Friday, 1 July 2011

The Minister for Freedom of Information Brendan O'Connor today announced the release of a new guide to the historical records of the Nort...

A Constitution for all Australians – the Top End experience

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Be part of a thought-provoking discussion with some of Australia’s leading commentators. This free forum will explore what the Constitution means for the Nor...

Launch: National Archives guide for researchers of the Northern Territory's past

Sunday, 26 June 2011

The Minister for Freedom of Information Brendan O'Connor today announced the release of a new guide to the historical records of the Nort...


National Archives a world leader in preservation

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Dr Stephen Ellis, Acting Director-General said it was an honour to have the Archives’ work in this field recognised internationally.

Historic homecoming for Griffin drawing

Monday, 23 May 2011

For the first time in a century one of the drawings that won Walter Burley Griffin the Federal Capital Design Competition is being reunited with the other co...

National Archives display uncovers Cabinet secrets

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

The National Archives of Australia announces Out of the Cabinet, a new changing display to highlight the amendments to the open period in Cabinet re...


Find your roots in the National Archives

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

The National Archives is encouraging people to discover their family roots with the fourth annual Shake Your Family Tree day on Friday 25 February 2011.

National Archives grants benefit research projects

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Five high-profile research projects will come to fruition due to the National Archives of Australia 2010 grants program.


Media releases for 2010

There were 15 media releases in 2010.

How to save documents after the flood

Friday, 10 December 2010

The National Archives of Australia provides online advice on salvaging personal records after a flood.

Quest for the South Magnetic Pole

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Quest for the South Magnetic Pole, a new exhibition at the National Archives of Australia, traces one of the longest and most elusive searches in ex...

A tribute to kiaps

Friday, 19 November 2010

Australians who served as kiaps (patrol officers) in Papua New Guinea before Independence, are sharing their memories in a tribute event at the National Archives in Canberra this Saturday.


The beauty and fragility of our natural world

Thursday, 23 September 2010

The National Archives in Canberra is the only venue outside Adelaide to host the top entries in the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize – Australia's...

Calling all kiaps

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Thirty-five years after Papua New Guinea gained independence on 16 September 1975, the National Archives of Australia is now paying tribute to the 2000 Australians who served there as patrol office...

Australia's female criminals uncovered

Friday, 11 June 2010

The latest exhibition at the National Archives in Canberra, Femme Fatale: The female criminal, contrasts the true stories of some of Australia’s mos...


'One amazing person' – Stanley Melbourne Bruce exhibition’s last days

Friday, 21 May 2010

An exhibition that has opened Australians' eyes to the talents and international contributions of Stanley Melbourne Bruce is in its final...

Senator Lundy – Gov 2.0 – communities and conversations

Monday, 3 May 2010

Senator for the ACT, Kate Lundy, will launch Information Awareness Month in the ACT at the National Archives of Australia on Tuesday 4 May 2010.

Find local Anzacs online

Friday, 23 April 2010

The National Archives' website Mapping our Anzacs provides an easy way for people to discover World War I diggers from their family or their community – and also pay tribute to them.


Go Online for Family History at Archives – Brisbane office

Friday, 19 March 2010

Australians are encouraged to discover the digital and preserve the original at the National Archives’ annual ‘Shake Your Family Tree’ day, held at the Archi...

Go Online for Family History at Archives – Canberra office

Friday, 19 March 2010

Australians are encouraged to discover the digital and preserve the original at the National Archives’ annual ‘Shake Your Family Tree’ day, held in Canberra ...

Go Online for Family History at Archives – Melbourne office

Friday, 19 March 2010

Australians are encouraged to discover the digital and preserve the original at the National Archives’ annual ‘Shake Your Family Tree’ day, held at the Archi...


Go Online for Family History at Archives – Perth office

Friday, 19 March 2010

Australians are encouraged to discover the digital and preserve the original at the National Archives’ annual ‘Shake Your Family Tree’ day, held at the Archi...

Go Online for Family History at Archives – Sydney office

Friday, 19 March 2010

Australians are encouraged to discover the digital and preserve the original at the National Archives’ annual ‘Shake Your Family Tree’ day, held at the Archi...

Archives Touring Exhibition Reveals Shell-shocked Nation

Friday, 19 March 2010

A new touring exhibition from the National Archives of Australia reveals the legacy of sorrow endured by thousands of Australians following World War I.



Media releases for 2009

There were 13 media releases in 2009.

Stanley Melbourne Bruce at The National Archives

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

A new exhibition showcasing for the first time the rich collection of Stanley Melbourne Bruce, Australia’s eighth Prime Minister, goes on show at the Nationa...

Desperately seeking Ethel

Monday, 26 October 2009

The National Archives is urging Australians to find letters or objects connected to Ethel Bruce, the wife of the nation’s eighth Prime Minister Stanley Melbourne Bruce, whose story forms part of an...

Prize-winning artworks at the National Archives

Friday, 18 September 2009

The 33 prize-winning and highly commended artworks from Australia’s richest natural history art competition, the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, will g...


Alternatives to Federation, then and now

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Former premier of South Australia John Bannon will examine the state of federalism, past and present, including the problems facing the Murray–Darling river ...

Archives urges government employees to 'Keep the Knowledge'

Thursday, 20 August 2009

All Australian Government employees are again being urged to ‘keep the knowledge’ in a National Archives of Australia initiative to ensure their records mana...

Citizenship ceremonies mark Constitution Day

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

The National Archives has joined forces with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship to highlight the importance of the Australian Constitution to all ...


Chief Justice launches National Archives display

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

The Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, Robert French, will launch No Common Creation, a display about the court’s history, at the National Archive...

National Archives Council marks anniversary

Friday, 19 June 2009

The National Archives Advisory Council marks its 100th meeting on Friday 19 June with the launch of A Necessary Safeguard, a history of the Council written b...

Come face to face with convict women at the Archives

Monday, 11 May 2009

A confronting and inspiring exhibition that explores the harsh lives of women held in convict female factories opens at the National Archives of Australia in...


Apply for National Archives research grants

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Grants worth a total of $40,000 are available to researchers, scholars and archivists to help produce innovative research projects using the vast and diverse...

National Archives Advisory Council welcomes changes

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

The National Archives of Australia Advisory Council has welcomed today’s announcement by Cabinet Secretary, Senator Faulkner of far-reaching reforms to the A...

The secret life of Miss Ruby Payne-Scott

Thursday, 12 March 2009

How times have changed . . . to mark Women’s History Month, the National Archives has uncovered previously secret ASIO files which shed light on the extraord...


Discover personal treasures at the Archives

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Australians are encouraged to explore their family history when the National Archives hosts a Shake Your Family Tree day in each of its capital city offices ...


Media releases for 2008

There were 49 media releases in 2008.

Remembering local heroes online

Friday, 19 December 2008

Thousands of Australians across the nation are discovering more about World War I diggers and their communities by visiting Mapping our Anzacs a new website ...

HMAS Sydney – key documents online

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

The recent discovery of the HMAS Sydney has resulted in renewed interest in the National Archives’ records of the disaster.

Looking at Darwin with new eyes

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Darwin historian Dr Mickey Dewar has shed new light on the city’s postwar history, with a research grant from the National Archives of Australia.


Prime Minister opens Shell-shocked: Australia after Armistice

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd today opened a new exhibition at the National Archives, which shows the ongoing impact of World War I on Austra...

Prime Minister to open Shell-shocked: Australia after Armistice

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will open the new exhibition Shell-shocked: Australia after Armistice at the National Archives of Australia.

The enduring legacy of Armistice

Thursday, 6 November 2008

When Anzac veterans returned to Gallipoli in 1965, 50 years after their initial landing, they were met by four backpackers. In 1990, on the 75th anniversary,...


Fred, Frank or James – the digger with three names

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

When World War I veteran James Carlin applied to join his local returned servicemen’s club in 1965, the army was unable to find any record to verify his war ...

Looking at Darwin with new eyes

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Darwin historian Dr Mickey Dewar has shed new light on the city’s post-war history, with a research grant from the National Archives of Australia.

Farewell to fashion pics

Friday, 10 October 2008

The celebration of fashion photography from the 1960s and 1970s is coming to an end at the National Archives in Canberra.


Holt’s briefcase preserved for posterity

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Harold Holt’s briefcase, which the former prime minister took to Portsea on the weekend he went missing, is on display in the National Archives in Canberra.

Kissing games in the National Archives

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Kissing games, small busts and fickle fiancés were major concerns for teenagers in 1961, according to the National Archives’ latest Find of the Month.

Australia’s richest natural history art prize

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Top entries in Australia’s richest natural history art prize feature in a new exhibition at the National Archives in Canberra.


National Archives award for creative visualisation

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

The National Archives of Australia will support a groundbreaking project that uses creative visualisation to interpret large sets of archival data, with its ...

Reel Memories – at the National Archives

Friday, 12 September 2008

As part of the 2008 Floriade trails, the National Archives of Australia is screening Reel Memories, a selection of film clips that show how much the nation h...

Anzac mythology obscures reality

Thursday, 11 September 2008

Historian Dr Craig Stockings revealed how Anzac mythology can obscure the reality of Australian military history, in a lecture at the National Archives of Au...


'Pneu tube' all the rage

Monday, 8 September 2008

While communicators today share their news through You Tube, in 1925 the ‘pneu tube’ was all the rage.

Ten years on...

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Ten years after Senator Margaret Reid opened the restored East Block to house the National Archives of Australia, she returned to help celebrate the decade.

Celebration of 60s fashion

Thursday, 7 August 2008

People around Australia can now see the National Archives’ popular exhibition Strike a Pose online. The exhibition, which recently opened, features trends of the 1960s and 1970s in a celebra...


Predictions for ‘rather a dry year’ in 1908

Sunday, 17 August 2008

‘Rather a dry year’ was in store for Australia in 1908, according to long range weather forecaster J Harcourt Giddons. The National Archives has chosen Giddo...

Archives should seek ‘natural allies’

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Government archivists across the world should develop close links with ‘natural allies’ to encourage better recordkeeping across their public services, says ...

From carbon paper to laser printers

Friday, 1 August 2008

From carbon paper to laser printers, the story of office copying has been captured in The Office Copying Revolution, a new book by conservator Ian Bat...


Global electronic standard the way of the future

Thursday, 24 July 2008

A multinational team, led by archival institutions in Australia and New Zealand, has published a global standard for recordkeeping software. The National Arc...

National Archives push for integrated digital preservation

Thursday, 24 July 2008

The National Archives of Australia continues to push for an integrated approach to managing digital information at the 16th International Council on Archives...

Strike a Pose... with Lee Lin Chin

Thursday, 17 July 2008

Trends of the 1960s and 1970s have taken centre stage at the National Archives in Canberra with a celebration of Australian fashion photography.


Senator Faulkner: Australian Constitution like stump-jump plough

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Cabinet Secretary, Senator John Faulkner, has likened the Australian Constitution to a stump-jump plough, designed to go over obstacles w...

Making Australia Home

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Cabinet Secretary, Senator John Faulkner, today launched the National Archives’ Making Australia Home project which aims to progressively make Australia’s historic immigration records availa...

Citizenship ceremonies mark Constitution Day

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

The National Archives has joined forces with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship to highlight the importance of the Australian Constitution to all ...


Constitution a barrier to Aboriginal electorate

Thursday, 3 July 2008

A proposal to establish a federal Aboriginal electorate that crossed state boundaries, came up against ‘a constitutional barrier’ in 1949.

Antarctic map presentation

Monday, 23 June 2008

The first Australian map of the whole Antarctic continent, published in 1939, became part of the National Archives of Australia’s collection today, with a presentation by the Australian Antarctic D...

Historic footage from National Archives for Antarctic Film Festival

Saturday, 21 June 2008

The National Archives of Australia is proud to be co-sponsoring and hosting the Longest Night Film Festival as part of this year’s...


Information in a digital world

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

The challenges of managing information in a digital world will be discussed by national archivists from Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand at the ...

Celebrating the Constitution

Friday, 13 June 2008

The people of Brisbane will have a one-day opportunity to view Sir Samuel Griffith’s personal 1891 draft of the Australian Constitution this week.

Farewell to Max Dupain

Friday, 13 June 2008

Visitors to the National Archives in Canberra have only one more week to catch the Max Dupain on Assignment exhibition.


Gough Whitlam's recollections of 11 November 1975

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam has shared his personal recollections of 11 November 1975, the day he was dismissed by then Governor-General Sir John Kerr.

Choosing a site for Watson’s Bay post office in 1889

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Getting the mail through in colonial Australia wasn’t always an easy matter. In the days before Federation in 1901, the safe delivery of letters depended upo...

Release of Hope Royal Commission records

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

From 1974 to 1977 the Royal Commission on Intelligence and Security, headed by Justice Robert Marsden Hope, investigated the Australian intelligence agencies...


Footprints: The Journey of Lucy and Percy Pepper

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Footprints, a book portraying the struggles of Lucy and Percy Pepper, has been published jointly by the National Archives of Australia and Public Reco...

Central role for National Archives

Friday, 2 May 2008

The Director-General of the National Archives of Australia, Ross Gibbs, has welcomed the agency’s transfer today into the Department of the Prime Minister an...

Banish the budget blues – at the National Archives

Thursday, 1 May 2008

In writing ‘Banish the budget blues’ in 1930, popular songwriter and entertainer Jack Lumsdaine captured the spirit of many Australians trying to overcome ha...


The camera at Gallipoli

Monday, 7 April 2008

Photographs of Australian troops at Gallipoli, taken by three young diggers in 1915, have been chosen by the National Archives of Australia as its April Find of the Month exhibit.

The games we played

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Colourful board games, played by Australians in the early 1900s, will also tempt players at the National Folk Festival in Canberra this Easter.

Family Journeys book launch

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Actor Noni Hazlehurst spoke about her family’s arrival in Melbourne as ‘ten-pound poms’ today when she launched Family Journeys, the book containing their story, published by the National Ar...


What’s in a name – Canberra or Frazer Roo?

Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Australia’s capital city may have been known as Gamelyn, Nardoo, Aurora or Frazer Roo if some of the nation’s early politicians had their way.

Senator Faulkner to launch family history day

Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Senator Faulkner, Special Minister of State and Minister responsible for the National Archives of Australia will officially open the National Archives 'Shake...

High Court archives on Memory of the World register

Thursday, 20 March 2008

This week, the archives of the High Court of Australia will be added to the Australian register for UNESCO’s Memory of the World program.


After the flood – rescuing damaged records and photos

Thursday, 20 March 2008

Help is at hand to salvage water-damaged personal records. The National Archives of Australia has released website content that highlights practical steps to...

Molly Meldrum and his royal faux pas

Saturday, 15 March 2008

A limited edition LP, Silver Jubilee Australian Top 20 has been selected by the National Archives of Australia as its February Find of the Month...

Shake your family tree

Saturday, 15 March 2008

Visitors to the National Archives are often surprised and delighted to find information about themselves and their families in the collection. To encourage Australians to unearth these personal tre...


Origins of the Australian Flag

Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Following Federation in 1901, the new Commonwealth government held a competition to design an Australian flag. It attracted 32,000 entries from around the wo...


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