The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1948, ultimately included many of the rights Evatt insisted on including creative expression, reasonable working conditions and access to education.
World Refugee Day is held on June 20 each year. It is an occasion to think about, and recognize, the plight and the resilience of forcibly displaced people around the world.
In 1952, the Australian Government made a great addition to the nation’s library collection when it acquired an issue of Magna Carta that dated back to 1297.
At the Museum of Australian Democracy we’re interested in exploring how cloth and clothing encodes, embodies and expresses power: who has it, in what context, and why.
The Museum is proud to announce the winner of our special category – ‘Australian Democracy’ in the 2014 National History Challenge.
We are all prone to falling prey to myths and misconceptions. The popular misconceptions surrounding medieval food and drink are particularly prevalent – the food was simple, unvaried, brown and eaten with the fingers.
Meg Mather-Brown was born in 1937 and was a grand-daughter of Sir Earle Page, Australia’s 11th Prime Minister.
Henry Parkes is known as Australia’s ‘Father of Federation’ as one of the leading figures in our progress to nationhood that was achieved in 1901.
Some prime ministerial homes remain suspended in time, preserved as domestic wunderkammer; but most are handed on like any other home, sold to the highest bidder, renovated or remodelled.
During 1915 there was heated parliamentary debate on a piece of controversial legislation which still has resonance a century later—the War Precautions Act.
Anne Lynch was the first female Deputy Clerk of the Australian Senate.
A trend is developing of having increasing numbers of political parties, both in the Parliament and contesting elections.
Imagine if Twitter had been around 100 years ago at the time the Anzacs landed at Gallipoli.
It’s not many twelve year olds who can say that their words have been collected by a national cultural institution but that is exactly what has happened to Adele, a student from Telopea Park School.
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.