Popular research topics
Explore topics covered by records in the National Archives' collection. You can see samples of records in our Snapshots of the collection.
Find out how Australia became a nation by exploring the Archives' rich store of documents relating to Federation and the Constitution.
Find out about Cabinet records from 1965 to 1993, and Cabinet notebooks.
Find records relating to defence administration, conflicts, the forces and service personnel.
Delve into our repatriation records – and discover the impact of the war on individuals, families and the nation. You can also check out our Discovering Anzacs website, where you can download complete World War I service files – and much more, including a school and community toolkit and guide to create your own exhibition on the 'Learn' page.
Find out about alien registration, migrant selection documents, passenger records, migrant accommodation records, naturalisation (citizenship) records and more.
Read up on ASIO files and other records about Australia's security and intelligence activities.