Upcoming events

The National Archives has a program of events in Canberra and around the country, including public talks, research workshops and conferences. Browse papers and podcasts from past events.

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Aliens, Censorship and Contraband: Customs records at the National Archives

Black Mask Detective
Black Mask Detective, 1950 (NAA: C3059, Black Mask)

This event is part of South Australia’s History Festival

Thursday 5 May, 12.30–1.30pm | Adelaide

Customs have been responsible for policing Australian borders since 1901. This talk explores the wide range of topics found in the Customs records of the National Archives including those relating to banned books; illicit drink and drugs; aliens, crew and deserters; and the import and export of restricted items.

Adelaide City Library, Studio, Level 3
Rundle Place, Rundle Mall
(enter via Francis Street)
Adelaide SA 5000

Free, bookings can be made online or by phone on (08) 8204 8787.

The Dismissal: fresh documents and revelations

Paul Kelly and Troy Bramston
Paul Kelly and Troy Bramston

Speakers Corner

Saturday 7 May, 2pm | Canberra

Join authors Troy Bramston and Paul Kelly in conversation about one of the most dramatic moments in our political history – the Dismissal. Fresh documents, revelations and new interviews will change your understanding of this event.

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, bookings essential: Book your place now

Visualising modern Australia

Frank Bongiorno by Cavalier
Frank Bongiorno by Cavalier

Presentation

Friday 13 May, 5.30–7.30pm | Canberra

What can the audio-visual materials of the National Archives of Australia tell us about social and political change in modern Australia? Frank Bongiorno, author of The Sex Lives of Australians: A History (2012) and The Eighties: The Decade That Transformed Australia (2015), will talk about how major changes public and private life during the 1960s and 1970s can be traced through film and sound at the National Archives. How did men's and women's roles change? What kinds of attitudes to marriage and sexuality can be found in the AV record? How did the ABC contribute to the transformation of modern Australia? How did television change politics and society? The talk will coincide with the National Archives of Australia's first dedicated Audio-Visual exhibition.

Frank Bongiorno teaches history at the Australian National University and is the author or co-author of four books and many articles and book chapters on Australian history. He recently completed a term as co-editor of History Australia, the Australian Historical Association's journal.

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, bookings essential: Book your place now

The Marmalade Files: Gems and Oddities from the Archives

image of indecent toy
Prohibited - indecent toys (NAA: D596, 1935/1085)

This event is part of South Australia’s History Festival

Wednesday 25 May 2016, 10.30–11.30am | Adelaide

An envelope full of wasps, Colonel Light’s door knob, an indecent toy. Sometimes the archivist comes across items that are unexpected, mysterious or just downright odd while working with the collection. Join National Archives and State Records staff as they share some of the stories behind their more unusual discoveries.

Bray Room 1
State Library of South Australia
Corner North Terrace and Kintore Avenue
Adelaide SA 5000

Free, bookings essential: Bookings can be made via email adelaideevents@naa.gov.au or by phone on (08) 8204 8787.

Federation Gallery

Australia’s Constitution, 1900.
Australia’s Constitution, 1900.

Exclusive viewings | Canberra

Catch a glimpse of the Commonwealth of Australia's original founding documents with a Gallery Host who will discuss the significance of these intriguing, beautiful and powerful documents.

Reconciliation Week Tours
Friday 27 May | 12.30–1.30pm
Saturday 28 May | 11am–3pm
Monday 30 May – Friday 3 June | 12.30–1.30pm
Free, bookings required: Book now

Queen’s Birthday long weekend
Saturday 11 – Monday 13 June | 9am–5pm

Federation Gallery
National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free

Curator Talk: Faith, Fashion, Fusion

Glynis Jones
Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences curator Glynis Jones

Saturday 28 May, 12.30pm | Canberra

Join Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences fashion and dress curator Glynis Jones on a walk and talk through our new exhibition as she highlights the work of Muslim designers and entrepreneurs making a mark on the fashion industry.

Gallery 2
National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

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