National Archives of Australia

Social history

Destination: Australia: the curator’s favourites

Issue 10 April 2013

Archives curator Tracey Clarke shares some of her favourite images from the vast Immigration Photographic Archive. 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

Inside Design 29: the visitor experience

Issue 10 April 2013

A look inside the augmented reality experience of Design 29: creating a capital, an Archives' exhibition celebrating the centenary of Australia's national capital. 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

Banned: The Catcher in the Rye

Issue 9 January 2013

Delve into the secret collection of Australia's censors, and find out how the banning of a literary classic brought the Australian censorship regime under scrutiny. Continue reading

Reviving a ghost town

Issue 9 January 2013

A remote South Australian ghost town is receiving another breath of life, delivered by enthusiastic volunteers drawing upon historical records. Melanie Harwood explains the role of the National Archives in Continue reading

Design 29 and the making of Australia’s national capital

Issue 9 January 2013

A new exhibition at the National Archives tells the tumultuous history of our national capital, using cutting-edge augmented reality technology. Continue reading

When the Minister met Mick: Rolling Stones 1973 tour

Issue 9 January 2013

With the Rolling Stones recently celebrating 50 years together, Your Memento revisits the band’s 1973 tour to Australia and secret government records that reveal why it almost didn’t happen. Continue reading

What a gem! Canberra’s grand beginnings

Issue 9 January 2013

Uncover a souvenir of the beginnings of our national capital a century ago – and the grand monument that was never built. Continue reading

The Australian Ballet in pictures

Issue 8 October 2012

We celebrate 50 years of The Australian Ballet by delving into the Archives' photographic collection. Continue reading