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.

Events at the National Archives of Australia may be photographed and recorded. Please inform the photographer if you do not want your photograph taken.

The aftermath of World War I: the Australian experience

Wednesday 17 and Friday 19 October 2018, 10am | Brisbane

Soldiers walking along a road littered with rubble and dead horses, 1918.
(NAA: B4260, 2)

For Australians who fought in the Great War and survived, their battle did not end in November 1918. Australia was faced with the largest number of physically and mentally wounded servicemen in its history and was far from being equipped to assist them. The National Archives is home to veterans' repatriation files that reveal what life was like after the war for those who served. This seminar will show you how to locate and use repatriation and service records.

National Archives of Australia
Queensland office
16 Corporate Drive
Cannon Hill QLD 4170

Free, bookings essential

Phone (07) 3249 4224 or email events@naa.gov.au

Resilience in the wake of war

Thursday 8 November 2018, 5:30 – 7:30pm | Canberra

David Fletcher Jones (1895–1977) (left) with his friend Stan and their hawker’s wagon, 1918. Courtesy of the Jones Family Collection.

Hear the stories of individuals who transcended the experience of war to build new lives through their determination and resilience. Our panel of speakers will discuss the various ways in which people turned their trauma into positive life-enhancing achievements. Inspired by the Archives' forthcoming online exhibition, 1918: A different life.


Dr Laura Cook - Exhibitions curator, National Archives of Australia
Dr Ian Hodges - Historian, Department of Veteran's Affairs
Curtis McGrath OAM - Gold medal Paralympian and ex-Australian Army combat engineer
Leesa Kwok - RSL LifeCare Manager and Invictus Games Ambassador

5.30pm refreshments
6–7.30pm panel discussion

National Archives of Australia
Members Dining Room 3 (entry via Queen Victoria Terrace)
Old Parliament House
18 King George Terrace Parkes

Free, bookings essential

South Australia Office open day

Saturday 24 November 2018, 10am – 5pm | Adelaide

Members of the Australian Dance Theatre dance amongst passers-by at Adelaide's 1976 Festival.
NAA: A6135, K27/4/76/24.

You're invited to our South Australian office for a rare Saturday Open Day.

The Somerville Reading Room will be open all day for records viewing* and staff will be on hand for help with your research or to introduce you to using RecordSearch. Join our staff for a series of talks on what's new in the Archives – find out about significant projects such as the cataloguing of World War II Army pay files and digitisation of 19th century maritime records. The kids are welcome too – there will also be a talk about using the Archives' online resources for schools and students.

Bookings for talks are essential, please register online or come into the main body of the State Library and ask to speak to National Archives staff on the day.

*Note that requests to view records in the Reading Room must be made at least 5 days in advance.

State Library of South Australia
Cnr North Terrace and Kintore Avenue
Adelaide SA 5000

Free, bookings essential

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