Media releases for 2014

There are 50 media releases below.


A Ticket to Paradise?

Thursday, 27 November 2014

A Greek girl, sent across the world to marry a man she’d never met; an African journalist fleeing for his life; and a stateless baby born in India to Iranian parents, are just some of the human sto...

National Archives to recognise top agencies

Monday, 24 November 2014

The National Archives of Australia has today launched a new awards scheme – promoting excellence and innovation in the management, use and reuse of governm...

Future-proofing Government information

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Information – the currency of the 21st century – must be future-proofed to ensure it is available for reuse now and for coming generations, says the Nation...


World War I submarines forgotten

Monday, 13 October 2014

A small park in Kallangur, just outside of Brisbane, is one of the few places in the world to pay tribute to Australia’s first submarines, both lost during W...

Discovering Anzacs – war stories, censorship secrets and life on the home front

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

War censorship secrets, Anzac nurses, and events on the home front are just some of the themes explored in the new website, Discoveri...

Information: the world’s new economic resource

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Information is the economic resource of the 21st century says David Fricker, who took up his role as President of the International Council on Archives (ICA)...


Forced adoptions in Darwin – a chance to learn more

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Darwin people affected by forced adoptions are invited to share a cuppa with National Archives staff at the Northern Territory Archives Centre in early Octob...

Waterhouse Prize exhibition returns to Canberra

Thursday, 25 September 2014

One of the most popular exhibitions to visit Canberra each year is on again, with top entries in the prestigious Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize now on ...

Australia – a world leader in aviation

Friday, 12 September 2014

In the early years of aviation development, Australia led the world – from Lawrence Hargrave’s flight experiments in the 1880s to the foresight of the Austra...


John Howard Reading Room Opens at UNSW Canberra

Friday, 29 August 2014

The John Howard Reading Room at UNSW Canberra was officially opened today by Mr Kerry Stokes AC, with the Hon John Howard OM AC attending the ceremony among ...

Boost for Australian archival research

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

The National Archives of Australia and the Australian Historical Association (AHA) are continuing their joint commitment to encourage postgraduate archival r...

Research gets easier in Adelaide

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Adelaide researchers now have access to three separate collections in one place, with the National Archives having moved to the State Library of South Austra...

Life in the lighthouse: ghosts, murder and heartbreak

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Ghosts, murder and heartbreak were just some of the challenges facing Queensland lighthouse keepers and their families as they struggled to survive in isolat...

The ACT public service – 20 years on

Thursday, 7 August 2014

The ACT's first Chief Minister Rosemary Follett AO, will be sharing her memories of the early years of self-government and the ACT public service on Sunday 1...

Tips on delving into family origins

Friday, 1 August 2014

Australians keen to discover their origins can learn how to delve into their background during August, following the launch of National Family History Month ...

Were we at war in 1914? Nobody knew

Friday, 1 August 2014

Encrypted cables, voter schmoozing and an absent prime minister all combined to leave Australia unsure as to whether the nation was at war in 1914.


Hacking into the National Archives

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

The National Archives is supporting the Gov Hack 2014 event and will provide two datasets for the brightest minds to mash, remix and re-use in creative ways ...

National Archives' move to State Library building in Adelaide

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Adelaide researchers will have access to three separate collections in one place, with the National Archives moving to the State Library ...

Aboriginal World War I servicemen – a deliberate silence

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Aboriginal men who volunteered to serve in World War I were rarely acknowledged and often suffered severe discrimination when they returned, according to p...

Before you speak your mind…

Monday, 7 July 2014

Members of the media are invited to hear eminent speakers debate the right to free speech in Australia. In partnership with the Gilbert + Tobin Centre for Public Law at the University of New South ...

Indigenous rights and White Australia make a Splash on ABC

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

The White Australia game, a handprint of an Australian-born 'prohibited immigrant', a confidential Cabinet minute and a letter from school children su...


Digital check-up for Government

Friday, 27 June 2014

Today the National Archives of Australia launched Check-up Digital, an online questionnaire for Australian Government agencies to assess how well they are ma...

Archival bonds with Indonesia set to 2019

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

The National Archives of Australia further strengthened connections with the Indonesian national archive, signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on arch...

The Atomic Age, Maralinga, Lucas Heights and beyond

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

From Top Secret World War II files and early scientific curiosities, to the role of camels in extraction, uranium mining has played an interesting and contro...

Information: the currency of the digital economy

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

'Information is an asset – as important as cash, property and machinery,' said David Fricker, Director-General of the National Archives of Australia.


Snakes in the laundry... and other horrors

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Snakes in the laundry, dreary meals of mutton and a British reluctance to shower are just some of the memories post-war immigrants have shared in A Place...

Cycling in Adelaide – then and now

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

A World War I soldier who belonged to Australia’s Cycling Corps, a 1924 'Gent's Light Roadster' and a wooden-wheeled velocipede from the 1870s are among the ...

Brisbane post office a trailblazer

Monday, 12 May 2014

Brisbane post office was a trailblazer in many ways.

South Australia during the war years 1914–18

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Australian poet Henry Lawson was well aware that a World War I soldier’s homecoming was not the end of his troubles.

Working smarter means working together

Thursday, 1 May 2014

The National Archives of Australia has used the launch of Information Awareness Month in Canberra on 1 May to stress the need for all sectors to work togethe...


Australia’s birth certificates on show

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Documents described as the nation's 'birth certificates' will be on special view at the National Archives over the Easter (Saturday, Sunday, Monday only) and...

First Australian to head ICA

Friday, 11 April 2014

In a first for Australia, the International Council on Archives (ICA) based in Paris, last night elected the head of the National Archives of Australia as its next president, the highest post in th...

Advertising – a social history

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Inducements to buy gout and lumbago oils, watch performing fleas and help the war effort, are just some of the early advertisements and trade marks preserved...

Open day – 170 years of Territory history

Friday, 4 April 2014

A film showing the bombing of Darwin during World War II and home movies after Cyclone Tracy are just some of the attractions at the Northern Territory Archi...


New home for John Howard collection at UNSW

Thursday, 20 March 2014

UNSW Australia will house the papers of former Prime Minister John Howard, who today announced the transfer of his collection to the University through a uni...

Acknowledging the past and sharing the future

Thursday, 20 March 2014

One year on from the National Apology to Australians affected by forced adoption policies and practices, the National Archives of Australia has launched a we...

Brisbane too warm for intellect

Friday, 14 March 2014

Brisbane never had a chance of becoming the capital city of Australia because of its warm climate, says Greg Cope from the National Archives' Brisbane office...

A helping hand for Gallipoli descendants

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

The National Archives of Australia is pulling out all stops to help descendants of Gallipoli veterans claim their rightful place at Anzac Cove for the centen...

Flying saucer reports yield up their secrets

Monday, 3 March 2014

Reports of flying saucers, UFOs and mysterious sky sightings will yield up their secrets at the National Archives in Adelaide this week.

New agents of change for digital economy

Monday, 3 March 2014

The National Archives of Australia recognises that skilled information and records managers are the new agents of change in the digital economy. This recogni...


Song, story and soul at the National Archives

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Award-winning Indigenous singer-songwriter Troy Brady will rock the National Archives in Canberra on 8 March, celebrating stories of Indigenous rail workers ...

Review to maintain relevance of AGIFT

Thursday, 27 February 2014

The National Archives is reviewing the Australian Governments' Interactive Functions Thesaurus (AGIFT). AGIFT uses common terms to describe the busi...

Research grants for Australia’s South American refugee program and Commonwealth Aboriginal policy

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

The National Archives of Australia has announced the winners of its 2013 research grants, worth a total of ...

Hawke Cabinet records for 1988 and 1989: Opportunity for media selection

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

The National Archives offers media representatives the opportunity to select items of interest from the lists of the 1988 and 1989 Hawke ...

Boost for Australian archival research

Friday, 21 February 2014

The National Archives of Australia and the Australian Historical Association (AHA) have announced their latest awards for postgraduate archival research into...

A long way from Rome

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Proxy brides, Italian cane cutters, prisoners of war and the ‘Black Hand’ criminal gang were some of the aspects of Italian migration which came to light as Mairi Popplewell delved into the Nationa...

Discovering Tasmania in the Archives

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Permission to export Tasmanian tigers, false passports for former SS officers, early weather records and a destitute digger’s wife are just some of the stori...

National Archives shares expertise widely

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

The National Archives of Australia is sharing its expertise more widely, by offering its range of training workshops to people and organisations beyond the C...


Special viewing of Australia's birth certificates

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Some of Australia's most valued historical records will be on special view at the National Archives when its Federation Gallery opens for the Australia Day w...

Celebrating South Australia's cycling history

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Images of Adelaide's cycling history will adorn the city streets in January to coincide with the Tour Down Under.