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.

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?

Various throughout January and February

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, bookings essential.

The full tour schedule and booking links can be found on the National Archives' Eventbrite page.

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.

Wednesday 18 February, 10am and 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

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

Join us from 6–11pm each night for late night gallery viewings and drop-in tours of the exhibition A Ticket to Paradise?

Bring the family for origami boat crafts, model railways and other activities.

Special features:

  • 'guerilla' style arthouse light projections
    See the Archives building come to life with 'guerilla' style lighting and imagery that highlights the 1920s architecture with archival images, brought to you by Lucien Leon, Kit Devine and Jean-Philippe Demarais from the Australian National University
  • Worldly Goods Choir on 27 and 28 February, 7pm
    60-voice choir led by John Shortis and Moya Simpson, performing songs from cultures around the world.

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

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

'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 & 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:

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