National Archives of Australia

Intelligence and security

In brief: Issue 10

Issue 10 April 2013

Forced Adoptions project, hundreds of family historians attend Shake Your Family Tree events, the latest exhibitions and events news, and more. Continue reading

1982 and 1983 Cabinet records release: transcript

Issue 10 January 2012

Narrator: On 1 January 2012, the federal Cabinet records of 1982 and 1983 were opened and released to the public for the first time. These documents provide interesting insights into the Continue reading

The ‘friendly alien’ in wartime Australia

Issue 5 January 2012

Dr Daniel Leach uses the Archives' records to provide an insight into how Australia's friendly aliens were treated during World War II. Continue reading

What a gem! Enemy property: café noir, dolly pink and chin-chin blue

Issue 5 January 2012

Why was a beautiful colour swatch card from 1928 considered enemy property during World War II? Continue reading

Legal Resident: transcript

1960s October 2011

Narrator: On Thursday 7th February 1963, the evening newspapers across Australia carried banner headlines over the story that unmasked Ivan Skripov to the world as a Soviet spy. Skripov was Continue reading

What a gem! ASIO counterespionage on film

Issue 4 October 2011

Watch Legal Resident – an ASIO training film from 1963. Continue reading

Arnold von Skerst: a Nazi in Australia

Issue 3 July 2011

Arnold von Skerst, editor of Australia’s Nazi propaganda newspaper Die Brücke in the 1930s – revealed through Archives records. Continue reading