Seven-hundred-and-fifty years ago, on 20th January 1265, an English Parliament was convened without the permission of the king. This seems unexceptional today but back then it was a revolutionary act, challenging royal authority.
In this oral history excerpt, Marjorie Johnson talks about her father who was a gardener and ‘ganger’ of workers on the preparation of the National Rose Garden at the front of Parliament House in the 1930s.
November 15 saw the death of former Fraser government minister Reginald Greive ‘Reg’ Withers at the age of 90.
On 3rd December, 160 years ago, gold miners at the Eureka Lead in Ballarat, Victoria, lost an armed battle against police and British troopers at a hastily built stockade.
I chose four case studies for this research, namely Billy Hughes, Sir Robert Menzies, Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser…
Jean Salisbury was born in Melbourne in 1922 and died in Canberra in 2014.
Within hours of Gough Whitlam’s death on 21 October tributes were reverentially laid on the front steps of historic Old Parliament House.
Since the passing of Gough Whitlam, many have remembered him for his words, wisdom and trademark ‘whitticisms’. But Whitlam’s way with words was no accident…
With the fabrication finalised, and all the objects chosen and ready to go, it was time for the last task: installation.
Harry Evans was the longest serving Clerk of the Senate, serving from 1988 to 2009. Born at Lithgow in 1946, he died in Canberra on 7 September 2014.
Journalist and author Paul Daley reflects on Edward Gough Whitlam AC QC
In the second of a series of ‘behind the scenes’ blog posts, Campbell Rhodes shares some of the experiences and challenges of putting this exhibition together.
In the first of a series of behind the scenes blog posts, Curatorial officer Campbell Rhodes shares some of the experiences and challenges of putting this exhibition together.
Brian Walshe was an attendant in the House of Representatives in Parliament House from 1980 to 1988.
The English comedian, Tony Hancock, once quipped: ‘Does Magna Carta mean nothing to you? Did she die in vain? That brave Hungarian peasant girl who forced King John to sign the pledge at Runnymede and close the boozers at half past ten!’ With the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta just around the corner, one hopes that most people would understand Hancock’s joke.
You can tell a lot about someone from what they buy. Our Prime Ministers of Australia gallery now has on display a selection of Harold Holt’s bank records, kindly lent to us by the National Archives of Australia.
Today is Australian National Flag day, the day on which we celebrate with pride the anniversary of our flag first being unfurled on 3 September 1901. And this year we can also celebrate another significant anniversary. It is the 60th anniversary of our National Flag.
On 28 June 1914, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, was shot and killed by a Serbian radical in Sarajevo, setting off a chain of events that plunged the world into what was the bloodiest war in recorded history.
Rupert Loof served as Clerk Assistant of the Senate from 1942 to 1955 and was Clerk from 1955 to 1965.
The bombing of the Hilton Hotel in Sydney on 13 February 1978 was a shocking case of domestic terrorism.