Back to 1900 for all the family

Media release: Wednesday, 10 July 2013

With a theme of 'Back to 1900', the National Archives in Canberra is inviting families to enjoy some good old-fashioned fun – and discover more about Australia's Constitution – on Saturday 13 July.

Activities at the free family day include calligraphy workshops, a dress-up photo booth for family portraits, games and crafts from 1900, a barbeque and Constitution Day cupcakes, always a favourite with young visitors.

Children can create a family seal and wear it proudly, make a bookmark with their name written in calligraphy and learn to make peg dolls, while the whole family can play old-fashioned games such as quoits, snakes and ladders, and pick-up-sticks.

Visitors will also have the opportunity of joining special viewing tours of Australia's 'birth certificates' in the Federation Gallery.

Each year the National Archives celebrates Constitution Day on and around 9 July, the day Queen Victoria gave royal assent to the Constitution Act passed by the British government, which signified the creation of Australia. Together with the nation's other founding documents, the National Archives holds the Constitution itself and the Royal Commission of Assent, adorned with Queen Victoria's impressive skippet, an intricately designed silver case containing her wax seal.

The 'Back to 1900' family day will be held on Saturday 13 July, from 10am to 3pm at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes ACT.

Events are free but bookings are essential for the calligraphy workshops. Further information is available on (02) 6212 3956 or online at

Contact information

  • Elizabeth Masters (Media Officer)
    t (02) 6212 3957 m 0417 247 157 e
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