National Archives of Australia

Issue 9 January 2013



Banned: The Catcher in the Rye

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.


Reviving a ghost town

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 reviving the spirit of outback Farina.


Design 29 and the making of Australia’s national capital

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


When the Minister met Mick: Rolling Stones 1973 tour

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.


Out of the Cabinet: the news is brought to you by…

Using recently released 1984 and 1985 Cabinet records, Philip O’Brien reveals the Hawke government considered ads on the ABC and other controversial changes to the national broadcaster.

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What a gem! Canberra’s grand beginnings

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


In brief: Issue 9

Latest exhibition news, funding for innovative research, Shake Your Family Tree events, Archives supporting abuse inquiries, and more.

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