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

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

Federation Gallery special openings (National Reconciliation Week)

Tours departing regularly. Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May 9am–5pm, Monday 29 to Friday 2 June 12.30–1.30pm, Saturday 3 June 9am–5pm | Canberra

In a week marking two anniversaries in the fight for recognition of Australia's Indigenous people, attend a special viewing of the Federation gallery and see the Constitution Alteration (Aboriginals) Act 1967 (Cth).

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT 2600

For more informtion please call our events team on (02) 6212 3956 or contact us by email events@naa.gov.au

Lunchtime gallery tours (National Reconciliation Week)

Monday 29, Wednesday 31 May, Friday 2 June, 12.30–1.30pm | Canberra

Join us in our Memory of a Nation gallery for lunchtime tours that shed light on how government policy affected Aboriginal people's lives.

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT 2600

Free, bookings essential:

Please book via Eventbrite

For more information please call our events team on (02) 6212 3956 or contact us by email events@naa.gov.au

25 and 50 years on: the Mabo decision and the 1967 referendum (National Reconciliation Week)

Saturday 3 June, 2–3.30pm | Canberra

Join a conversation on the progress of Indigenous rights in light of these significant anniversaries. Guest speakers include Rod Little, Co-Chair of the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, Dr Susan Gordon, Western Australia's first Indigenous magistrate, and Paul Barclay from ABC Radio National as MC. Light refreshments included.

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT 2600

Free, bookings essential:

Please book via Eventbrite

For more information please call our events team on (02) 6212 3956 or contact us by email events@naa.gov.au

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