An object now in display in our Designing Democracy gallery documents one man’s life-or-death decision on Australia’s pastoral frontier.
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In 1965 Queen Elizabeth gave Sir Robert Menzies a gift so special that he had to contemplate burying it on a beach. What was it?
The Rev. Dorothy McRae-McMahon looks back at her involvement in the Ecumenical Movement and anti-Apartheid in Sydney during the 1980s and 1990s.
Jane Harris tells the story of her involvement in the anti-apartheid movement and her late brother John, a member of the African Resistance Movement (ARM) during the 1960s.
The museum’s latest exhibition, Memories of the Struggle: Australians against Apartheid, opens to the public next Wednesday 27 April when it is launched by former prime minister, Bob Hawke.
As the curtain-raiser to the 2015 Behind the Lines exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House, three accomplished political cartooning practitioners explained how they decide who and what to draw, and what to avoid.
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.
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.
With the fabrication finalised, and all the objects chosen and ready to go, it was time for the last task: installation.
In the second of a series of ‘behind the scenes’ blog posts, Campbell Rhodes shares some of the experiences and challenges of putting this exhibition together.
In the first of a series of behind the scenes blog posts, Curatorial officer Campbell Rhodes shares some of the experiences and challenges of putting this exhibition together.
You can tell a lot about someone from what they buy. Our Prime Ministers of Australia gallery now has on display a selection of Harold Holt’s bank records, kindly lent to us by the National Archives of Australia.
On 28 June 1914, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, was shot and killed by a Serbian radical in Sarajevo, setting off a chain of events that plunged the world into what was the bloodiest war in recorded history.
Be Prepared. That was probably the motto of the entire population of provisional Parliament House during the countdown to the Queen’s arrival on 15 February 1954.
There are some events that are imprinted indelibly in our minds. For me, the first visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Australia 60 years ago still conjures up vivid memories—I saw her not once, but three times!
What do a former policeman, a governor of Bombay, a veteran of the Boer War, a decorated Vietnam veteran, and a Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner all have in common?
…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.
Ever wanted to play out your very own Gulliver’s Travels adventure complete with Lilliputian buildings, trees, people and vehicles? This month in the museum we found our inner child as we very carefully moved our two 1:100 scale architectural models to a new exhibition space.
On 15th September the museum will be celebrating the United Nations International Day of Democracy. This day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007, when it ‘encouraged governments to strengthen national programs devoted to the promotion and consolidation of democracy’.
Can a guitar be a national treasure? Can a song change the way people think?
I Was Only 19 (A Walk in the Light Green) is one of Australia’s most iconic songs. First released in 1983, this account of a soldier’s experiences of the Vietnam War—and its traumatic aftermath—topped charts, won awards and still packs a punch some thirty years after its creation.