This week there’s a major anniversary in Indigenous history that not enough Australians know about. The Museum of Australian Democracy is recognising this anniversary in a new exhibition – Yes: the ongoing story of the 1967 Referendum – and asks prominent Australians how they feel about the referendum today.
International Museum Day 2017 is based around the theme ‘Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums.’ Like all museums, sometimes at MoAD we need to talk about difficult subjects, and we use the power of the items in our collection to help us do that.
Horses were a vital part of the Parliament House opening ceremonies. What did they make of all the fuss? Three photographs of Bill, the horse ridden in Canberra by the Duke of York, provide a fresh insight into the day’s events.
Hilda Abbott was a distinguished guest whose recollections reveal that behind the public performance, VIPs are only people after all.
It took determination, ingenuity and a small piece of string to get Parliament House finished in time for its grand opening in 1927.
Photos of Prime Minister Robert Menzies show a confident and outgoing leader, but an interview with his first secretary, Hazel Craig, reveals that his confidence at times covered a surprising self-consciousness.
Tack or tat, quality handicraft or magnificent artwork? Souvenirs have an ancient history and on many layers meet the needs of our society, our culture and ourselves. Reflect on your motivation to collect souvenirs as you view the pieces manufactured for the opening of Parliament House 90 years ago.
Why does the Prime Minister of Australia sit at the table in the House of Representatives? No other PM does. A chance question led researcher Campbell to do some detective work, and in the process learn more about the shapes and settings of parliamentary chambers the world over.
During Enlighten we welcomed over 17,000 people inside for the collaborative community art installation For the Record. Here are some of your stories.
On this day in 1922 Australia’s first federal Indigenous parliamentarian, Neville Bonner, was born ‘under a lone palm tree’ on Ukerebagh Island, Tweed Heads, NSW.
Melbourne artist, craftivist and community development worker Tal Fitzpatrick talks about the process behind her socially engaged artwork PM Please.
On St. Patrick’s Day, we examine seven Irish–Australians who served as Prime Minister.
All Australians aged 18 or over have the right to vote and have a say in their democracy. But it wasn’t always this way.
On this International Women’s Day 2017 we’re focusing on feisty women and our collection objects that represent them.
What work of Australian political history contains almost 500 million words contributed by over a thousand different authors?
Hansard is testimony, in black and white, to our functioning federal parliamentary democracy - for all its strengths and weaknesses, its brilliance and tawdriness and its immense unending drama.
Australia’s democracy is one of our nation’s greatest achievements. In a world where democracy seems increasingly under threat, we need to remind ourselves of what we are capable of and to celebrate some of the great things we have done.
The Museum’s 2017 Enlighten offering is all about Hansard. Visitors can see projections from Hansard on the building’s façade, and come inside for activities with a Hansard theme. But what exactly is Hansard, and what does it mean? Researcher Campbell has a primer guide for Hansard neophytes.
Until recently, King’s Hall has featured a number of portraits of well-known parliamentarians, including past prime ministers. Two of these were Bryan Westwood’s Archibald-prize winning ‘The Prime Minister’, depicting Paul Keating, and Louis Kahan’s ‘R.J.Hawke’.