National Archives of Australia

Health and welfare

‘Mummy’s darling’: the circus lion in the suburbs

Issue 11 July 2013

Discover the tale of the wild beast in Melbourne's suburbs, from the days when exotic animals were an integral part of the circus, the 'greatest show on earth'. Continue reading

Prohibition in Canberra: King O’Malley and the ‘dry’ capital

Issue 10 April 2013

Discover the 'dry' years of Australia's national capital and the charismatic politician who fought against the 'stagger juice'. Continue reading

What a gem! Don’t drink six middies an hour and drive

Issue 10 April 2013

Meet the Aussie 'slobs' who featured in a 1970s campaign against drink-driving. Continue reading

Death register sheds light on those laid to rest

Issue 4 October 2011

Between 1832 and 1984, more than 570 people died at the North Head Quarantine Station. Archives records tell the stories of some of those buried there. Continue reading

1980 revealed through Cabinet records

Issue 1 January 2011

On 1 January 2011, the Archives released the documents of the 1980 Fraser Cabinet. Continue reading

Key events from 1980

Issue 1 January 2011

Archives historian, Dr Jim Stokes, discusses some of the key issues from 1980. Continue reading

A tale of two Kiaps

Issue 1 January 2011

The stories of two Kiaps – one told through official archival documents and the other through a privately held collection of memorabilia. Continue reading

Key events from 1980: transcript

Issue 1 January 2011

Jim Stokes: Australia reacted very strongly to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. A major element of our foreign policy during 1980 consisted of looking for ways to express our extreme displeasure Continue reading