The Museum of Australian Democracy has recently acquired a very significant object for its collection - the tally board used from 1980 to 2010 to display the results of Federal elections at Exhibition Park in Canberra.
In 2015, for the first time, the Museum of Australian democracy at Old Parliament House is partnering with the Whitlam Institute to ask year 5-12 students in the ACT and NSW ‘What matters?’
Since news broke of the passing of former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser last Friday, 20th March, the museum has been a place where visitors and passers-by have come to leave messages in a condolence book.
As one of only two women in federal parliament, Senator Dorothy Tangney was by all accounts a strong personality, not easily cowed by her more numerous male colleagues.
Australian Prime Ministers Centre summer scholars Khylie Daws from Deakin University and Andrew Kelly from the University of Western Sydney have spent the summer in the 1950s.
On 8 March this year women around the world celebrated forty years since International Women’s Year.
Marcie Cowell moved to Canberra in 1946 and worked as a telephonist for six months at Parliament House. Here she talks about the nature of her work on the switchboards.
On Friday 13 February, Faith Bandler AC passed away at the age of 96.
With the passing of the Hon. Tom Uren (1921-2015), Australia has a lost a remarkable and dedicated political figure. The Museum pays tribute to Mr. Uren and his long, extraordinary life and career.
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.