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?
Part 2 of a series of 2 blogs on election rituals. This one concentrates on the act of voting and how people are tending to vote early instead of turning up to vote with their fellow citizens.
For Tom Carroll the Australian concept of the fair go didn't know and recognise geographic boundaries.
By 1984 Tom Carroll had serious misgivings about competing in Pro Surfing competition in South Africa. He considered the segregation of beaches abhorrent and could not see how it was fair that black people did not have the right to swim with everyone else.
Last week we welcomed early learners and their parents to PLAY UP for a special National Reconciliation Week event introducing museum items and activities to this small but mighty audience.
Every election you see people out in force wearing t-shirts to reflect their political colours and support their candidate of choice. Our researcher Campbell shows off some of the t-shirts in the museum collection and why they matter to our democracy.
Curator Angus Leendertz discusses the origins and development of the Memories of the Struggle exhibition.
Our election FAQ provides answers to 8 important questions about the federal election being held on 2 July.
A post about the life and work of Neville Bonner and how the museum remembers his contribution.
This election season, the Museum will be showing examples from its collection of how elections have been fought in Australian history. This week, our researcher Campbell examines ten badges that show aspects of historical election campaigns and what they mean for democracy.
I was very active in the anti-apartheid movement in Melbourne from the late 1960s to mid-1970s. I lived and breathed ‘red’ politics back then. In 2010, I wrote to Nelson Mandela, to share memories of the struggle.
Verging on another federal election, it is as good a time as any to ask ‘why do we have elections?’
Did you know, there was another Dismissal, decades before Sir John Kerr sacked Gough Whitlam? On this day, 13 May, 1932, Governor Sir Philip Game sacked Jack Lang as Premier of New South Wales.
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?
The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House is proud to announce the winner of our special category – ‘Democracy’ in the 2015 National History Challenge, Lauren Park from Pymble Ladies’ College.
Alf Stafford, a Gamilaroi and Darug man, joined the Commonwealth Transport Department in 1937. Over a 35 career, Stafford drove countless politicians, among them opposition leaders and 11 prime ministers, including Robert Menzies during his two stints as prime minister.
On this day a century ago, the Easter Rising in Dublin renewed the struggle for Irish independence. What impact did this have on Australia, and what were its ramifications for Australian democracy and society?
The museum’s latest exhibition, Memories of the Struggle: Australians against Apartheid, opens to the public next Wednesday 27 April when it is launched by former prime minister, Bob Hawke.
A ‘double dissolution’ is a constitutional mechanism that allows a government to overcome the blocking power of the Senate by going to an election in which both Houses are up for grabs.
On this day in 1939, Australia lost its beloved prime minister. Joe Lyons’ death saw the elevation of Bob Menzies, and the alienation of Earle Page.