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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Gallery tours

Lieutenant Reg Saunders (left) and Lieutenant Tom Derrick VC, DCM congratulate each other following their graduation from the Office Cadet Training Unit, Seymour, Victoria, 25 November 1944. Photographer unknown.
Lieutenant Reg Saunders (left) and Lieutenant Tom Derrick VC, DCM congratulate each other following their graduation from the Office Cadet Training Unit, Seymour, Victoria, 25 November 1944. Photographer unknown. (Courtesy: Australian War Memorial)

Indigenous Australians at War from the Boer War to the Present

28 March – 30 May | Tuesdays 11am | Thursdays 1pm | Canberra

Take a free guided tour of Indigenous Australians at War from the Boer War to the Present (touring from the Shrine of Remembrance). This award-winning exhibition celebrates the courage, tenacity and resourcefulness of Indigenous Australians in the armed forces.

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT 2600

Free, bookings essential:

Please book for tours via Eventbrite

Contact us by email events@naa.gov.au or Phone (02) 6212 3956

Serving Country – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander diggers

Captain Reg Saunders, officer in the Australian Regular Army, 1957.
Captain Reg Saunders, officer in the Australian Regular Army, 1957. (A1200, L22754)

Wednesday 19 and Friday 21 April, 10am–11.30am | Brisbane

Hear about historic challenges and accomplishments experienced by Indigenous soldiers, both in service and on return to civilian life.

National Archives of Australia
16 Corporate Drive
Cannon Hill QLD

Free, bookings essential: Please call our events team on (07) 3249 4200 or via email at: Brisbane.Events@naa.gov.au to book or for more information

One Hundred Stories

Cloth embroidered with two flowers, a butterfly and the words 'A kiss from France'
'A kiss from France' from the Madame Charlote Crivelli story, One Hundred Stories by Bruce Scates, Rebecca Wheatley and Laura James.
(Image courtesy Laura James)

18–30 April, screening on loop 9am–5pm daily | Canberra

This film curated by Professor Bruce Scates (Monash University) tells one hundred moving stories of those who served in the Australian military during World War I. We are encouraged to remember not just the men and women who lost their lives, but also those who returned to Australia irreparably damaged by war.

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT 2600

No bookings required, the presentation screens all day during normal opening hours 9am–5pm

Finding the Australian soldier in your family

Members of the Imperial Contingent at Prince Alfred College, Kent Town, Adelaide
Members of the Imperial Contingent at Prince Alfred College, Kent Town, Adelaide (D4477, 436)

This talk is part of the State Library of South Australia's Genealogy Gems series

Thursday 20 April, 1–2pm | Adelaide

Learn how to access defence records from the National Archives of Australia.

Boer War attestation papers, WW1 Repatriation files, Courts-Martial proceedings, WW2 Army pay files – the National Archives holds a wealth of Defence related material from 1901 onwards. Come and find out what these records may reveal about the soldier in your family history.

Hetzel Lecture Theatre,
Institute Building
State Library of South Australia
Adelaide SA

Free, bookings essential: Bookings can be made online via Eventbrite

Presented by Nick Gleghorn

Planes, Trains and Camels: Transport at the National Archives

Afternoon Tea on the Trans-Australian Railway
Afternoon Tea on the Trans-Australian Railway (NAA: B3119, 60A)

Wednesday 3 May, 10.30am–12pm | Adelaide

Transport yourself through time with this talk at the National Archives. Explore railway photographs, ship crew lists, patents for bicycle design and aviation history. And of course camels! There will also be a chance to talk to Archives staff and view original records.

Bray Room 1
State Library of South Australia
North Terrace
Adelaide SA

Free, bookings essential: Bookings can be made online at via Eventbrite or by phone on (08) 8204 8787.

Presented by Nick Gleghorn

Yirrkala and the sinking of the Patricia Cam with Michael Owen

Establishing a police post on Elcho Island, Arnhem Land, from personal photographs of the Hon. C L A Abbott (Administrator of the Northern Territory), 1937-1946.
Establishing a police post on Elcho Island, Arnhem Land, from personal photographs of the Hon. C L A Abbott (Administrator of the Northern Territory), 1937-1946. (M10, 2/198)

Tuesday 9 May, 5.30pm | Darwin

Hear heritage expert Michael Owen explore a wartime tragedy and its aftermath in his talk about the loss of HMAS Patricia Cam off the Arnhem Land coast in 1943.

Northern Territory Archives Service
Kelsey Crescent
Millner NT

Free, bookings essential:

Bookings through: Eventbrite

Please call Francoise Barr (NT Archives Service) on (08) 8924 7652 for more information

Beacons by the Sea: Stories of South Australian Lighthouses

Mr Salchany in his lighthouse keepers uniform holding an electric signal lamp - Neptune Island lighthouse in the background
Mr Salchany, lighthouse keeper of Neptune Island, 1963. (NAA: A1200, L43685)

This event is in partnership with Adelaide City Libraries

Friday 12 May, 12.30–1.30pm | Adelaide

Explore the history of South Australian lighthouses through the stories of isolation, family life and tragedy, shipwrecks, natural disasters and changing technology contained in the wealth of lighthouse material held by the National Archives.

Adelaide City Library
Studio 1, Level 3,
Rundle Place, Rundle Mall (enter via Francis Street)
Adelaide SA

Free, bookings essential: Bookings can be made online or by phone on (08) 8203 7990

Inventions that changed (and didn’t change) the world

A technical drawing showing the mechanical details for a two wheel drive bicycle
Percy Hugh Pritchett - Improvements in cycles or velocipedes, 1894. (NAA: AP476/1, 3567)

This event is in partnership with Adelaide City Libraries

Friday 26 May, 12.30–1.30pm | Adelaide

The 19th century was a time of great invention and optimism and this is reflected in the patents registered during this time. Focusing on those patents that were registered in South Australia between 1878 and 1904 this talk examines a range of innovations in areas such as agriculture and industry, cycling and sports, medicine and the home, some of which changed the world and some which certainly didn't.

Adelaide City Library
Studio 1, Level 3
Rundle Place, Rundle Mall (enter via Francis Street)
Adelaide SA

Free, bookings essential: Bookings can be made online or by phone on (08) 8203 7990

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