Issy Wyner recalls the evictions that took place during the Depression, the neighbourliness that helped families cope and the local responses to him as a Jew.
Visitors to the Museum over the summer holidays may have been surprised to see that there was no mace in the House of Representatives.
In 1895, South Australia became the first place in the world to give women both the right to vote and to stand as candidates for election. We are proud to now have on display in our Designing Democracy gallery a section of the petition that helped make history.
There are some events that are imprinted indelibly in our minds. For me, the first visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Australia 60 years ago still conjures up vivid memories—I saw her not once, but three times!
The first time I actually laid eyes on the Old Parliament House I fell in love with its architecture. It is a remarkable piece of history and incredible also is the story of why I journeyed to Canberra.
What do a former policeman, a governor of Bombay, a veteran of the Boer War, a decorated Vietnam veteran, and a Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner all have in common?
It all started at the beginning of a summer scholarship at the Museum of Australian Democracy. I spent much of the first week soaking up the atmosphere, walking in the footsteps of the heroes and villains from my research.
The Museum has some astonishing, beautiful, rare, significant and downright weird things in its collection. To that end, let us show you the Arthur Calwell collection.
Remember the days when people wrote with their bare hands? We recently put on display in our Prime Ministers of Australia gallery some private writings by Alfred Deakin.
In this old place—especially at night—poetry hangs in the hallways, sometimes like a picture, sometimes like a noose.
‘Bores are in a class of infinite variety. But the worst are those who occupy public time.’ So declared Sir George Reid (1845-1918), Australia’s fourth prime minister.
David Muir was born in 1928 and grew up in Canberra. He was a carpenter and joiner in the provisional Parliament House.
…I started to develop the exhibition and gradually, very gradually, the objects began to speak of the excitement, anticipation and pure devotion that was the summer of 1954 and the Queen’s eight week tour of Australia.
The Menzies Memorial Cricket Trophy is on loan to the museum and is presented to the winner of the Prime Minister’s XI cricket match each year.
It’s been an action packed year of exhibitions and activities for the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.
Two parts of my life collided on Saturday. My workplace, Old Parliament House, and my preferred mode of transport, a Geopolis 250 Scooter.
Noel Flanagan (1917-2009) had a long and distinguished career in the Commonwealth Public Service that included a period as Private Secretary to Arthur Augustus Calwell, the Minister for Immigration, in 1949.
The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela: ‘Madiba’, the father of South African democracy.
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.