The blog post takes an historical look at former leaders who served in the parliament through the lens of disability.
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Of the twelve members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) sentenced in Sydney in 1916 to five to 15 years’ gaol for conspiracy, none is more fascinating than Donald MacLellan Grant.
The ‘Sydney Twelve’ were members of an organisation known as the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), arrested in Sydney on 23 September 1916 and charged with ‘treason felony’. The timing of the arrests, during the campaign over the conscription plebiscite scheduled for 28 October, led many in the labour movement to view the charges with suspicion.
On this day in 1966 Nedeljko Gajic was arrested in Braidwood after threatening a taxi driver. It was alleged by police that Gajic intended to ‘kill the head man of Australia, Mr Holt.’
Early Governor General Thomas Denman and his wife Lady Gertrude were in tune with their time, and perhaps surprisingly, with the people and the place too.
With Americans set to vote this week, most Australians would not have missed that the USA is facing a presidential election. But you might not know how things are different to Australian elections, or what the system entails. Researcher Campbell explains how American elections work, and how they compare to Australian elections.
100 years ago Australia was divided over the issue of conscription. Australia was one of the few countries without conscription, and Prime Minister Billy Hughes was determined to introduce it. Guest blogger Professor Joan Beaumont examines why the popular and bombastic Hughes, a man used to getting his own way by hook or by crook, failed in his mission.
The Maltese ‘children of Billy Hughes’ were a group of 214 Maltese migrants who arrived during Australia’s conscription plebiscite campaign a century ago and were deemed to be prohibited immigrants under section 3(a) of the Immigration (Restriction) Act after failing a dictation test in the Dutch language.
A hundred years ago, Billy Hughes put the question of overseas conscription to the Australian people, in the hopes of gaining support for his plan to boost troop numbers in Europe. If you had been a voter in 1916, what would your answer be? Here are five objects from the Museum’s collection to help you make up your mind the way they helped Australian voters a century ago.
Robert Menzies was prime minister for almost two decades in total, but he was also a man of many interests and talents. One of his interests was in film, and in 1954 he was presented with a gift that let him indulge that passion. The Menzies projector is a new acquisition into the MOAD collection that sheds light onto Menzies’ life outside politics.
The United Nations has deemed October 24 – 30 as United Nations Disarmament Week. We’ve trawled through our collection to find objects that reflect people’s efforts to promote disarmament throughout Australia and the world.
When you’re running a major event nothing is more useful than the chance to have a decent rehearsal. The Federal Capital Commission, charged with the opening ceremony for Old Parliament House on 9 May 1927, got to do just that with the unveiling of the Speaker’s Chair in the House of Representatives Chamber on 11 October 1926.
What does a building contain when it’s empty? When the people are gone, the lights are off, and the doors are closed? Old Parliament House in the dead of night is full of shadows, and memories. Our Writer in residence, Sean Williams, is staying tonight to explore the darkness…
Television in Australia turns 60 on 16 September. Dr Barry York looks back at some of the concerns about its introduction, and the Royal Commission on Television, convened in 1953.
On the UN’s International Day of Democracy, historian Alex McDermott looks back at the second conscription plebiscite of 1917.
Audrey McDonald and Peter Jenning write about the role of trade unions in the struggle in Australia against Apartheid in South Africa.
Ninety years ago the first issue of the Canberra Times rolled off the presses at the newspaper’s headquarters on the corner of Cooyong and Mort Street in Civic.
The government just lost a vote in the House of Representatives for the first time since 1962. Researcher Campbell explores what that means and what happened all those decades ago.
Pairing arrangements are entirely unofficial. Because they’re unofficial, they can be altered or ignored at the discretion of the members themselves, or the whips, or the party leaders.
On this day 108 years ago, a prime minister took a stand and invited some warships to visit Australia. Did he realise at the time what a monumental impact he would have on Australia’s place in the world?