Fifty years ago, one of the most fundamental aspects of Australians’ lives underwent a radical transition.
While democracy isn’t usually synonymous with romance, we have a few gems in our collection that get right to the heart of politics….
Only one person has served longer in Parliament than Philip Ruddock. Explore the longevity of parliamentarians and discover what the ‘Father of the House’ does.
Last year The Hon Tim Fischer AC very generously donated to the Museum every tie he ever wore or was given from 1951 to 2011.
The issue of Australia becoming a republic has arisen again, following a statement of support for the change by seven of Australia’s eight premiers and chief ministers.
In this oral history excerpt, Don Cameron recalls his election campaign for the seat of Griffith in Queensland in 1966, and the innovative loud-speaker system that helped him win.
Fifty years ago today in 1966, Harold Holt became Australia’s 17th prime minister. He took great personal satisfaction in his ascent to the role.
Robert Menzies resigned as prime minister 50 years ago today, ending the longest period – 16 years – as national leader in the history of Australian democracy.
At first glance this mug looks perfectly ordinary but this object has an extraordinary story to tell.
Seen the film Suffragette? Meet Charlotte Blacklock, a suffragette who was willing to put her body, her mind, her very existence on the line for women’s rights to participate in public and political life.
The octocentenary of Magna Carta was a huge success internationally and in Australia in terms of promotion of the event and discussion of Magna Carta’s enduring significance as a ‘charter of liberties’.
Measuring temperatures and predicting weather changes in a politically turbulent climate for years, the weather station in the heart of Old Parliament House has recently undergone conservation treatment.
December 10th marks the centenary of the production of the millionth car in the United States. It rolled off Henry Ford’s assembly-line in Detroit to little acclaim but soon showed how technological innovation changes society and ways of life.
Long-serving Liberal Member of Parliament Ian Macfarlane’s move from the Liberal Party to the Nationals highlights the fact that the current Australian Government is based on a Coalition. But what is a Coalition government? What are its origins in Australia?
As the curtain-raiser to the 2015 Behind the Lines exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House, three accomplished political cartooning practitioners explained how they decide who and what to draw, and what to avoid.
The theme of this year’s International Day of People with a Disability is “Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities”.
The Museum of Australian Democracy collection contains Christmas cards for almost every year of Malcolm Fraser’s prime ministership.
The 24th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting is meeting in Malta from 27th to 29th November. CHOGM meets every two years, each time in a different city, and brings together the 53 member states of the Commonwealth of Nations.
Chris Hurford played a key role in the development of Australia's skills-oriented immigration policy as Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs from 1984 to 1987.
Since 13 October the museum has been running its Twitter project, #Dismissal1975, to commemorate the Whitlam sacking.