Spy: Espionage in Australia

12 July 2019 to 14 October 2019

Newcastle Museum
6 Workshop Way
Newcastle NSW 2300

Tour schedule

Opens:
12 July 2019
Closes:
14 October 2019
Location:

Newcastle Museum
6 Workshop Way
Newcastle NSW 2300

Opens:
11 April 2020
Closes:
9 August 2020
Location:
Museum of the Goldfields, Western Australian Museum
17 Hannan Street
Kalgoorlie WA 6430
Opens:
22 August 2020
Closes:
6 December 2020
Location:
Museum of Geraldton, Western Australian Museum
2 Museum Place, Batavia Coast Marina
Geraldton WA 6530
Opens:
19 December 2020
Closes:
14 March 2021
Location:
Museum of the Great Southern, Western Australian Museum
Residency Road
Albany WA 6330
Opens:
2 April 2021
Closes:
4 July 2021
Location:
Qantas Founders Museum
1 Sir Hudson Fysh Drive
Longreach QLD 4730
Opens:
19 July 2021
Closes:
24 October 2021
Location:
Cobb and Co Museum
27 Lindsay Street
Toowoomba QLD 4350
Opens:
5 November 2021
Closes:
31 January 2022
Location:
The Workshops Rail Museum
North Street
North Ipswich QLD 4305
Opens:
11 February 2022
Closes:
29 May 2022
Location:
Museum of Tropical Queensland
70 – 102 Flinders Street
Townsville QLD 4810
Opens:
11 June 2022
Closes:
28 August 2022
Location:
Albury LibraryMuseum
Cnr Swift and Kiewa Streets
Albury NSW 2640
Opens:
7 October 2022
Closes:
29 January 2023
Location:
State Library of South Australia
North Terrace
Adelaide SA 5000

Often cloaked in myth, the stories of spies are sometimes stranger than fiction. Spy: Espionage in Australia reveals the personal experiences of secret agents and the curious history of espionage and counter-espionage in Australia, from Federation through to the present day.

See genuine spy equipment, surveillance images, and candid interviews with ASIO officers. Play the part of a secret agent in the interactive family trail. Test your skills at codebreaking and reading invisible ink.

Using objects from the National Archives of Australia, ASIO and other security organisations, the exhibition brings the stories of spies out of the shadows and into the light.

Exhibition development supported by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia and National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program.

We want to ensure Spy reaches as many Australians as possible. A national tour is currently being developed. Keep an eye on our website for details.

Spy will be on display at our newly revamped National Office in Canberra from spring this year.

SPY exhibition sponsors: National Archives of Australia, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, Visions Australia, National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program
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    Lydia Janovska at Mascot Airport, Sydney, 1960. NAA: A6122, 1756
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    May Day march Wollongong, 1966. NAA: A9626, 109
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    Vladimir and Evdokia Petrov with ASIO officers Ron Richards (seated) and Ernie Redford, 1954. NAA: A6285, 3
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    Meeting between Ivan Skripov and Kay Marshall at Taronga Park Zoo, 1962. NAA: A432, 1963/2272
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