In a series of blog posts, the museum’s curatorial team will take visitors on a journey through many of its collection treasures that have not been seen before.
Terry Larkin worked in the Commonwealth Treasury from 1958 to 1974 and was Private Secretary to Treasurer Harold Holt during the Credit Squeeze of 1960-61.
My internship at the Australian Prime Ministers Centre at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House
As part of the Australian National Internships program at the ANU, I’ve been lucky enough to spend the past 13 weeks at the Australian Prime Ministers Centre at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.
To those unfamiliar with the luminaries of the first two decades of Australian federal politics, even a casual glance at the photographs of the era’s protagonists reveals an obvious and unmistakable distinction from later generations of politicians.
Were you a smoker when Old Parliament House was the federal parliament? If so, then you were in good company as smoking was common.
What and how we choose to eat can make a statement as pointed as any protest slogan or petition signature.
The building render restoration and repainting project on the South-East Wing has revealed evidence of a long lost, but not mourned, part of the building.
Heather Bonner (nee Ryan) was the wife of the late Neville Bonner, a Senator in the Federal Parliament between 1971 and 1983.
The Speaker’s Chair, in the House of Representatives chamber, has a number of special features, and the piece is drenched in symbolism.
When gazing at an iconic building it is easy to imagine that it sprang from the earth fully formed or was handed down by a Monty Pythonesque ‘hand of God’. But all great buildings have a messy, unfinished construction stage and nowadays we can document their gestation and growth with mesmerising time lapses. Unconvinced? Google ‘construction time lapse’.
On 6 July 1945 Frank Forde was sworn in as Prime Minister of Australia following the sudden death of John Curtin in office. Six days later he learned Ben Chifley had won the Labor Party leadership, and would become the new Prime Minister. Whatever Forde’s private thoughts, he remained outwardly dignified. ‘I must say a little prayer for Ben’, he said. ‘It’s not an easy job.’
We were thrilled to receive a visit from Sophie Deane and her family yesterday. Sophie took the (by now) well known photo of Julia Gillard that has been adopted for use on Ms Gillard’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
News-watchers might have heard about US Senator Ted Cruz and his 21-hour long filibuster to the Senate on September 24. The last filibuster in the Australian Parliament was in 1918 when ALP Senator Albert Gardiner spoke for over 12 hours.
The Hon. Don Page MP has held the seat of Ballina for the Nationals in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly since 1988. He became Minister for Local Government, and Minister for the North Coast in 2011.
Ever wanted to play out your very own Gulliver’s Travels adventure complete with Lilliputian buildings, trees, people and vehicles? This month in the museum we found our inner child as we very carefully moved our two 1:100 scale architectural models to a new exhibition space.
On 15th September the museum will be celebrating the United Nations International Day of Democracy. This day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007, when it ‘encouraged governments to strengthen national programs devoted to the promotion and consolidation of democracy’.
The museum now has two brand new websites, showing off aspects of our art collection. One concerns the work of John Frith, the other the work of a Melbourne socialist art community.
In July this year, the museum was honoured by a visit from former Senator, Chris Puplick AM. Mr Puplick was greeted by Daryl Karp, Director of the Museum, and Libby Stewart, Senior Historian. Mr Puplick was accompanied by Larry Galbraith, who is Senior Policy Adviser to Clover Moore, the Lord Mayor of Sydney.
On this day 50 years ago, the Rev Dr Martin Luther King jr gave one of the greatest speeches in American history, one that resonated with oppressed people around the globe.
The museum recently acquired a rather lovely new item: a photo of Prime Minister Julia Gillard, taken by 12 year-old Sophie Deane, which now forms part of the museum’s digital collection.