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Posts Tagged as: 1950s

Life in the ‘town that sprang from nowhere’

Issue 12 December 2013

Sara King tells us what social and community life was like in the early days of Woomera in remote South Australia. Continue reading

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

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

What a gem! Private Finn the ‘goldfish’ reporting for duty

Issue 8 October 2012

Meet a young Western Australian keen to do his national duty, despite being a fish out of water. Continue reading

Archives vintage: the good wife

Issue 7 August 2012

How do you measure up as a 'good wife'? We take a look back at expectations of wives in 1950s Australia, as represented in the Archives' photographic collection. Continue reading

‘Holding you in my Holden’: a nostalgic look at an Australian icon

Issue 4 October 2011

A look at the very beginnings of the Holden and its evolution during the 1950s and 1960s through publicity photographs held by the Archives. 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

What a gem! Saucy hit parade

Issue 3 July 2011

‘What a gem!’ showcases intriguing finds from the Archives’ collection. Continue reading

A family’s history: finding Michael

Issue 2 March 2011

The story of how the Archives helped Angelique Baker locate a brother she never knew she had. Continue reading