The United Nations has deemed October 24 – 30 as United Nations Disarmament Week. We’ve trawled through our collection to find objects that reflect people’s efforts to promote disarmament throughout Australia and the world.
When you’re running a major event nothing is more useful than the chance to have a decent rehearsal. The Federal Capital Commission, charged with the opening ceremony for Old Parliament House on 9 May 1927, got to do just that with the unveiling of the Speaker’s Chair in the House of Representatives Chamber on 11 October 1926.
What does a building contain when it’s empty? When the people are gone, the lights are off, and the doors are closed? Old Parliament House in the dead of night is full of shadows, and memories. Our Writer in residence, Sean Williams, is staying tonight to explore the darkness…
Television in Australia turns 60 on 16 September. Dr Barry York looks back at some of the concerns about its introduction, and the Royal Commission on Television, convened in 1953.
On the UN’s International Day of Democracy, historian Alex McDermott looks back at the second conscription plebiscite of 1917.
Audrey McDonald and Peter Jenning write about the role of trade unions in the struggle in Australia against Apartheid in South Africa.
Ninety years ago the first issue of the Canberra Times rolled off the presses at the newspaper’s headquarters on the corner of Cooyong and Mort Street in Civic.
The government just lost a vote in the House of Representatives for the first time since 1962. Researcher Campbell explores what that means and what happened all those decades ago.
Pairing arrangements are entirely unofficial. Because they’re unofficial, they can be altered or ignored at the discretion of the members themselves, or the whips, or the party leaders.
On this day 108 years ago, a prime minister took a stand and invited some warships to visit Australia. Did he realise at the time what a monumental impact he would have on Australia’s place in the world?
The Rev. Dorothy McRae-McMahon looks back at her involvement in the Ecumenical Movement and anti-Apartheid in Sydney during the 1980s and 1990s.
Ever since Edwin Flack arrived back to a hero’s welcome in 1896, many of Australia’s Olympians have gone on to play an important part in public life. Some have tried their hand in government...
Whenever there is a very serious issue in our public life – especially when it involves possible illegal activity, impropriety or incompetence – there are calls for a royal commission to look into the matter.
With the election over, people are now analysing the very close result. The government’s very small majority is not unusual in Australian history, and plenty of elections have come down to the wire and shown a very close result. Our researcher Campbell has examined six of them.
Jane Harris tells the story of her involvement in the anti-apartheid movement and her late brother John, a member of the African Resistance Movement (ARM) during the 1960s.
To celebrate NAIDOC week, Libby has written a post about Indigenous artist Lin Onus and his series of works, The Ongoing Adventures of X and Ray.
Following on from Parts 1 and 2, in the final of this 3-part series our researcher Campbell explains what happens on polling day before and after you cast your vote.
As the election campaign wraps up, our researcher Campbell has unearthed some ephemeral items from our collection; things designed to be thrown away that have been preserved to tell us stories about past elections in Australia.
Arthur Calwell was shot fifty years ago today. He survived, but the story of his brush with death doesn’t end outside Mosman Town Hall; it is a story of a Catholic faith that never wavered even when looking death in the face.
We all know a democracy has an election, and we all go to our local school to vote every few years, and maybe grab a sausage. But what does an election entail? How do they come about and what happens when the prime minister announces one?