In this old place—especially at night—poetry hangs in the hallways, sometimes like a picture, sometimes like a noose.
‘Bores are in a class of infinite variety. But the worst are those who occupy public time.’ So declared Sir George Reid (1845-1918), Australia’s fourth prime minister.
David Muir was born in 1928 and grew up in Canberra. He was a carpenter and joiner in the provisional Parliament House.
…I started to develop the exhibition and gradually, very gradually, the objects began to speak of the excitement, anticipation and pure devotion that was the summer of 1954 and the Queen’s eight week tour of Australia.
The Menzies Memorial Cricket Trophy is on loan to the museum and is presented to the winner of the Prime Minister’s XI cricket match each year.
It’s been an action packed year of exhibitions and activities for the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.
Two parts of my life collided on Saturday. My workplace, Old Parliament House, and my preferred mode of transport, a Geopolis 250 Scooter.
Noel Flanagan (1917-2009) had a long and distinguished career in the Commonwealth Public Service that included a period as Private Secretary to Arthur Augustus Calwell, the Minister for Immigration, in 1949.
The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela: ‘Madiba’, the father of South African democracy.
In a series of blog posts, the museum’s curatorial team will take visitors on a journey through many of its collection treasures that have not been seen before.
Terry Larkin worked in the Commonwealth Treasury from 1958 to 1974 and was Private Secretary to Treasurer Harold Holt during the Credit Squeeze of 1960-61.
My internship at the Australian Prime Ministers Centre at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House
As part of the Australian National Internships program at the ANU, I’ve been lucky enough to spend the past 13 weeks at the Australian Prime Ministers Centre at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.
To those unfamiliar with the luminaries of the first two decades of Australian federal politics, even a casual glance at the photographs of the era’s protagonists reveals an obvious and unmistakable distinction from later generations of politicians.
Were you a smoker when Old Parliament House was the federal parliament? If so, then you were in good company as smoking was common.
What and how we choose to eat can make a statement as pointed as any protest slogan or petition signature.
The building render restoration and repainting project on the South-East Wing has revealed evidence of a long lost, but not mourned, part of the building.
Heather Bonner (nee Ryan) was the wife of the late Neville Bonner, a Senator in the Federal Parliament between 1971 and 1983.
The Speaker’s Chair, in the House of Representatives chamber, has a number of special features, and the piece is drenched in symbolism.
When gazing at an iconic building it is easy to imagine that it sprang from the earth fully formed or was handed down by a Monty Pythonesque ‘hand of God’. But all great buildings have a messy, unfinished construction stage and nowadays we can document their gestation and growth with mesmerising time lapses. Unconvinced? Google ‘construction time lapse’.
On 6 July 1945 Frank Forde was sworn in as Prime Minister of Australia following the sudden death of John Curtin in office. Six days later he learned Ben Chifley had won the Labor Party leadership, and would become the new Prime Minister. Whatever Forde’s private thoughts, he remained outwardly dignified. ‘I must say a little prayer for Ben’, he said. ‘It’s not an easy job.’