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.
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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?
The Rev. Dorothy McRae-McMahon looks back at her involvement in the Ecumenical Movement and anti-Apartheid in Sydney during the 1980s and 1990s.
Ever since Edwin Flack arrived back to a hero’s welcome in 1896, many of Australia’s Olympians have gone on to play an important part in public life. Some have tried their hand in government...
Whenever there is a very serious issue in our public life – especially when it involves possible illegal activity, impropriety or incompetence – there are calls for a royal commission to look into the matter.
With the election over, people are now analysing the very close result. The government’s very small majority is not unusual in Australian history, and plenty of elections have come down to the wire and shown a very close result. Our researcher Campbell has examined six of them.