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.

Enlighten 2015

National Archives building lit up for Enlighten 2014. Photographer: Jen Everart
National Archives building lit up for Enlighten 2014. Photographer: Jen Everart

Explore the Archives after dark during Enlighten

Don’t miss this once a year opportunity to explore the Archives late at night and enjoy special musical performances, free family fun and late night tours.

Open from 6–11pm
Friday 27 and Saturday 28 February
Friday 6 and Saturday 7 March

Full program of events

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

A Ticket to Paradise? exhibition tours

Take a journey through the timeline of Australian migration with a friendly gallery host, and get a sense of migrant’s personal stories in the exhibition A Ticket to Paradise?

Drop in tours will take place from 6–11pm during Enlighten on the following dates:

Friday 27 and Saturday 28 February
Friday 6 and Saturday 7 March

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, no bookings required.

The sinking of the Australian Hospital Ship (AHS) Centaur

War propaganda poster featuring a sinking ship and the words: Work, Save, Fight and so avenge the nurses
Poster depicting the sinking of AHS Centaur, (Australian War Memorial, ARTV09088)

The Australian Hospital Ship (AHS) Centaur was attacked and sunk by a Japanese submarine off the coast of Queensland on 14 May 1943. Of the 332 medical personnel and civilian crew aboard, 268 died, including 11 of the 12 nurses present. This talk examines the records of the tragedy and its aftermath.

Friday 20 February, 2pm.

National Archives of Australia
16 Corporate Drive
Cannon Hill, QLD, 4170

The seminars run for approximately 1 to 1.5 hours.

Coffee and tea provided.
Parking available.

Bookings and further information on 07 3249 4200 or gregory.cope@naa.gov.au

Presented by: Gregory Cope

Find Yourself in the Archives

Government House and North Adelaide, 1935.
Government House and North Adelaide, 1935.
Photographer: Frank Hurley. (SRSA GRG35/342/GN5612)

National Archives and State Records Information Sessions

Records relating to Immigration, Defence, Education, Crime and more are all held in the collections of the National Archives and State Records. Discover what these collections offer to family and local historians and the services offered by each organisation on North Terrace. Original records will be on display, a demonstration of how to search online and a chance to ask questions about your own research.

These sessions will be held on the last Wednesday of each month during 2015.

  • Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 10.30-11.30am
  • Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 10.30-11.30am
  • Wednesday, 29 April 2015, 10.30-11.30am
  • Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 10.30-11.30am

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

Free, bookings essential: adelaideevents@naa.gov.au or phone (08) 8204 8787

Presented by: Nick Gleghorn and Travis Gottschutzke.

'Out of the Cabinet! 1988 and 1989' with Shortis and Simpson

Moya Simpson, Enlighten 2014. Photographer: Jen Everart
Moya Simpson, Enlighten 2014. Photographer: Jen Everart

The musical and comedic stylings of Shortis and Simpson are back by popular demand. 1988 was the year of the Bicentenary, new Parliament House, the Fitzgerald Inquiry, and George Bush senior. In 1989, events in Tiananmen Square unfolded and the Berlin Wall fell. Bob Hawke returned as Prime Minister. Our music charts were jumping with the hits of Crowded House, Madonna, The Bangles and U2.

Join Shortis and Simpson on a humorous musical journey to mark the release of the Cabinet papers of those two eventful years.

Friday 6 and Saturday 7 March
6.30 and 8.30pm

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Adults $15, Concession $12*
*Ticketek booking fees apply, bookings essential:

Bookings via Ticketek. BOOK NOW

enlightencanberra.com.au

Without Consent – exhibition floor talks with the curator

Without consent: Australia's past adoption practices

Join a tour led by the curator as she navigates Australia’s Past Adoption Practices during 1950-1975 and shares some of the personal experiences of people affected by these practices. She will encourage you to reflect on the impact of forced adoption and to consider the legality and ethics of these practices.

Friday 20 March, 11am and 3pm

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, bookings essential. Further details and booking links can be found on the National Archives' Eventbrite page.

Speakers Corner: A conversation with Dr Geoff Rickarby OAM

Without consent: Australia's past adoption practices

Learn about the experiences of people affected by forced adoptions from leading authority Dr Geoff Rickarby.

With over 40 years’ experience in Child Psychiatry, Dr Rickarby came into contact with women affected by forced adoptions early in his career, when the issue was relatively unknown. A well-known advocate for people affected by forced adoptions, his compassion and professional experience have made him a leading authority in the field.

This event is part of the public programs associated with the National Archives’ upcoming exhibition Without Consent: Australia’s past adoption practices.

Friday 20 March, 2pm

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, bookings essential. Further details and booking links can be found on the National Archives' Eventbrite page.

Speakers Forum: What does a National Apology mean?

Without consent: Australia's past adoption practices

What’s in an apology? What does it mean to those affected by an issue such as forced adoptions? Who benefits?

In this forum, Professor Nahum Mushin will lead a panel of eminent speakers in a frank discussion about the notion of an apology, considering how and why people respond in different ways.

This event is part of the public programs associated with the National Archives’ upcoming exhibition Without Consent: Australia’s past adoption practices.

Panelists: Former Senator Sue Boyce, Professor Mick Dodson, Professor Sue McKemmish, Dr Trevor Jordon and Dr Naomi Parry

Saturday 21 March, 2pm

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, bookings essential. Further details and booking links can be found on the National Archives' Eventbrite page.

Without Consent – exhibition floor talks

Without consent: Australia's past adoption practices

Join an insightful journey from the inception of the Forced Adoptions History Project to its culmination in the website and Without Consent exhibition. A tour with a difference. Led by Caroline Webber, Project Manager of the Forced Adoptions History Project.

This event is part of the public programs associated with the National Archives’ upcoming exhibition Without Consent: Australia’s past adoption practices.

Saturday 21 March, 11am and 3pm

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, bookings essential. Further details and booking links can be found on the National Archives' Eventbrite page.

Restricted, redacted, destroyed - the role of records in rebuilding the past

Dr Karen George
Dr Karen George

Dr Karen George, consultant historian and writer, will discuss the record holdings of institutions such as McBride Maternity Hospital, Kate Cocks Babies Home, Fullarton Refuge and other institutions from where many children were adopted. She will focus on records discovery and reconstruction when records have not survived and the importance of records to people affected by forced adoptions and out-of-home care.

Wednesday 13 May, 10.30am

Hetzel Lecture Theatre
Institute Building, State Library of South Australia
Corner North Terrace and Kintore Avenue
Adelaide SA 5000

Free, bookings essential: adelaideevents@naa.gov.au or phone (08) 8204 8787

Speakers Corner

Without consent: Australia's past adoption practices

Representing who? Capturing trauma in art

Art practice captures the essence of being somewhere, or someone or something. Or does it? Join us to look at trauma through the artist’s eyes. Our courageous artist will pose the question: what is the responsibility of the artist to their personal practice, the subject of the artwork and audience?

This event is part of the public programs associated with the National Archives’ upcoming exhibition Without Consent: Australia’s past adoption practices.

Sunday 24 May, 2pm

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, bookings essential. Further details and booking links can be found on the National Archives' Eventbrite page.

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