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.

Please note: This page includes images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased.

Walking tours | Magna Carta: stepping stones to democracy

Magna Carta Place, Parkes.

800 years ago, King John signed the Magna Carta, the 'Great Charter', at Runnymede. Take a volunteer guided walk to discover the story of this document, celebrated as the first step towards modern democracy. This will include a rare viewing of the Charters of Our Nation at the National Archives, stops at democratic landmarks along the way and conclude with a viewing of the 1297 copy of the Charter in Parliament House.

10am–12pm
Tuesday 21 April
Sunday 10 May
Tuesday 19 May

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, bookings essential, places limited. Book now

Workshop | Discovering Anzacs at the History Hub

World War I serviceman John Gurner Burnell. Bond of Sacrifice collection.

Do you have relatives who served in World War I? Learn how to build a profile for them on the Discovering Anzacs website, including how to add stories, photos and records. Discover Australia's Anzac history through World War I service and repatriation records, as well as other records from the World War I period including those relating to internment and copyright.

Includes an opportunity to explore the website and ask questions relating to your own research.

This event is held in partnership with the Adelaide City Library History Hub

Part of About Time: South Australia's History Festival

Wednesday 22 April 2015, 10.30–11.30am
Wednesday 20 May 2015, 10.30–11.30am

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

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

Presented by: Nick Gleghorn

Seminar | Smoke socials, meat works and rebellion: Darwin 1914–1919

Northern Territory World War I volunteers in Darwin, 1915 (detail).
NTRS 234 Elna ANGELES CP 896-1

On 22 April 1915 a smoke social was held to farewell the first contingent of volunteers from the Northern Territory enlisting to join the effort in the Great War. A century later,  Dr Matthew Stephen will look back at this event and the Northern Territory at the time.

This is the first in a series of three talks on 'World War I and the Territory' to be held at the Northern Territory Archives Centre in 2015.

Wednesday 22 April, 5.15 for 5.30pm start

Northern Territory Archives Centre
Kelsey Crescent
Millner NT

Bookings and further information on (08) 8999 6890 or ntac@nt.gov.au. Bookings are required by Tuesday 21 April.

Presented by: Dr Matthew Stephen

Free breakfast and family history sessions | Anzac Day Gunfire Breakfast

Private Francis James Cormack. From the Bond of Sacrifice collection.
Private Francis James Cormack. From the Bond of Sacrifice collection.

Join us on the wharf for breakfast and a dose of Anzac family history!

Enjoy a traditional Gunfire Breakfast while you uncover your Anzac family history.

Throughout the day, get help searching for war service and other family history records online. Staff from the National Archives of Australia and Tasmanian Information and Research Service, LINC Tasmania, will be on hand to assist.

Includes a military memorabilia display.

Free, bookings not required – just drop in!

Saturday 25 April
Breakfast served 7–9.30am
Family history sessions
6.30–10am and 1–4pm*

Princes Wharf No. 1
Castray Esplanade
Hobart TAS

*Site closed and secured 10am–1pm for Anzac Day parade and service.

For more information: (03) 6165 5607

Presented by: The Greater Hobart RSL Sub-Branch in partnership with the National Archives of Australia and Tasmanian Information and Research Service, LINC Tasmania.

Logos for Returned Services League and LINC Tasmania

Information Sessions | Find Yourself in the Archives

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

This event is a joint presentation from the National Archives of Australia and State Records of South Australia

10.30–11.30am

Wednesday 29 April
Wednesday 27 May

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

Victorian Archives Centre Open Day | Dig the Archives

Bourke Street, Melbourne, 1974. Photographer: Rob Middenway. NAA: B941, states/Victoria/Melbourne streets/scenes/3

Public Record Office Victoria and the National Archives of Australia invite you to Dig the Archives!

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of our repository. Chat with experts on hot history topics, listen to a variety of guest speakers and start your own research journey.

In our Reading Room, join in pop-up 'how to' sessions and enjoy volunteer demonstrations throughout the day.

Featuring special guest speakers Gideon Haigh, journalist and author, and Ben Mercer, Content Manager for Ancestry.com.au.

Saturday 2 May | 10am–4pm

Victorian Archives Centre
99 Shiel Street
North Melbourne VIC

Free events, bookings strongly recommended: prov.vic.gov.au/dig-the-archives

Supporting partner

Ancestry and Public Record Office of Victoria logos

Seminar | Interned: records of World War I internment from the Archives

'German sympathiser' Georg Tummel. NAA: D3597, 4215      

Hear stories of what it was like to be an 'enemy alien' in South Australia during World War I, revealed in case files on internees held by the National Archives. Often spanning decades, these files provide insight into the investigations that led to internment, the heartbreak of family separation and the impact of internment after the war. 

Includes a curator’s tour of the Migration Museum exhibition Interned, Torrens Island, 1914–15

This event is held in partnership with the Migration Museum

Tuesday 5 May
Exhibition tour 10am
Talk 11am

The Chapel, Migration Museum
Kintore Avenue
Adelaide SA

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

Presented by: Nick Gleghorn

Pub talk | Drink in the past

Franklin Hotel beer label. NAA: D737, S1966/10575

Meet Adelaide's brewers, wine makers and black marketeers of the past while enjoying a drink in the bar of the Franklin Hotel. What was Thomas Cooper up to in 1894? What is an 'electronic wine captain'? How do you make a hogshead of crème de menthe?

Join Jeremy Sibbald from the National Archives for answers to these questions and more, discovered in beer and wine related records of the National Archives of Australia.

This event is part of About Time: South Australia's History Festival

Saturday 9 May, 2–3pm

Franklin Hotel
92 Franklin Street
Adelaide SA

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

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

Reconciliation Week tours | Memory of a Nation

Larrakia petition to the Queen, 1972. On display in the Memory of a Nation exhibition. NAA: A2354, 1973/86

During Reconciliation Week, take a tour and come face to face with the Indigenous records in our permanent exhibition, Memory of a Nation. Hear the story of the Larrakia petition, see a copy of the 1967 Referendum and read letters protesting against the arrest of Albert Namatjira.

12.30pm on Wednesday 27, Thursday 28 and Friday 29 May
12.30pm on Monday 1, Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 June
11am and 2pm on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 May

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, bookings essential, places limited. Bookings open soon.

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