Melbourne artist, craftivist and community development worker Tal Fitzpatrick talks about the process behind her socially engaged artwork PM Please.
On St. Patrick’s Day, we examine seven Irish–Australians who served as Prime Minister.
All Australians aged 18 or over have the right to vote and have a say in their democracy. But it wasn’t always this way.
On this International Women’s Day 2017 we’re focusing on feisty women and our collection objects that represent them.
What work of Australian political history contains almost 500 million words contributed by over a thousand different authors?
Hansard is testimony, in black and white, to our functioning federal parliamentary democracy - for all its strengths and weaknesses, its brilliance and tawdriness and its immense unending drama.
Australia’s democracy is one of our nation’s greatest achievements. In a world where democracy seems increasingly under threat, we need to remind ourselves of what we are capable of and to celebrate some of the great things we have done.
The Museum’s 2017 Enlighten offering is all about Hansard. Visitors can see projections from Hansard on the building’s façade, and come inside for activities with a Hansard theme. But what exactly is Hansard, and what does it mean? Researcher Campbell has a primer guide for Hansard neophytes.
Until recently, King’s Hall has featured a number of portraits of well-known parliamentarians, including past prime ministers. Two of these were Bryan Westwood’s Archibald-prize winning ‘The Prime Minister’, depicting Paul Keating, and Louis Kahan’s ‘R.J.Hawke’.
An object now in display in our Designing Democracy gallery documents one man’s life-or-death decision on Australia’s pastoral frontier.
On this day in 1967, Gough Whitlam replaced Arthur Calwell as leader of the Australian Labor Party.
Four memorable Australian marches.
As the world looks on as Donald Trump becomes the 45th U.S. President, researcher Campbell looks at meetings between other presidents and Australian prime ministers, and what effect they had on Australia.
The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MoAD) would like to congratulate all students who participated in the 2016 National History Challenge.
For those teachers and students who have done our Who’s the Boss program, you may have come across the trailblazing Senator Neville Bonner. In this program we celebrate Neville who, as Australia’s first Indigenous Senator, entered federal parliament in 1971; just 9 years after Indigenous Australians got the right to vote. Early this year, our knowledge of and connection with Neville was made even richer by his son Alfred’s donation of a bark painting depicting Neville’s life.
On International Day of the Migrant, researcher Campbell looks at the seven Prime Ministers who came to Australia as migrants.
In 2015 Greens leader, Senator Christine Milne, resigned as party leader and ended her decades-long career in formal politics. As something of a self-confessed hoarder, she distributed some of her material, relics from her long and successful career, to museums and libraries. MoAD has been lucky to receive a large collection of her items, and we’ve found that it reveals some fascinating insights into her life and work.
In 1965 Queen Elizabeth gave Sir Robert Menzies a gift so special that he had to contemplate burying it on a beach. What was it?
The second part of this series examines the historical passage of disability legislation through the parliament.