From dramatic events that shaped the nation to decisions that touched the lives of individual Australians, the records the National Archives holds are about people – from the ordinary to the famous – and their interactions with the Australian Government.
The Archives is responsible for caring for the most significant records of the Australian Government. Most of these records were received, created or kept by government agencies. The archive consists of tens of millions of items, and includes records about immigration, military service, transport, Indigenous Australians, science and the environment and much more.
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