Media release: Tuesday, 22 September 2015
The National Archives will celebrate Canberra's Family and Community Day on Monday 28 September with a full day of activities to help locals and visitors learn more about their family and community.
The kids will enjoy origami boat making, old fashioned games, exploring the Constitution discovery trail and snapping selfies with the famous Marie Celeste – the girl who was photographed wrapped in the Australian flag in 1921.
Visitors can enjoy an escorted tour of the Archives' latest exhibition Life Interrupted: Gallipoli moments which presents life on the war front through the eyes of those who were there.
Archives staff will be on hand to answer questions on anything and everything about searching the Archives' rich and diverse collection – including how to find your own family in the records. Free hands-on workshops will reveal the secrets of finding your ancestors on the Archives' Discovering Anzacs website – and show how to add an online tribute to them.
The day also offers an opportunity to explore the Archives' beautiful 1920s building, designed by John Smith Murdoch, the architect of Old Parliament House.
Visitors will welcome the chance to view the Australian Constitution, usually kept under wraps to ensure its preservation for future generation.
The National Archives of Australia is on Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes ACT (just behind Old Parliament House, alongside Kings Avenue). Visitors can experience and participate in Family and Community Day events from 10am to 4pm on Monday 28 September. The days' activities can be followed on social media, Facebook and Twitter.