In 1975, Papua New Guinea celebrated independence from Australia. To mark the 35th anniversary, and our shared history, the National Archives developed a range of on-site and online displays, highlighting the work of Australian patrol officers in Papua New Guinea.
During World War II, more than 700 Beaufort aircraft were produced in Australia. James Northfield's colourful posters publicised the role of the Beauforts in countering the Japanese threat in the Pacific.
Explore a selection of records about Chinese Australians, their families and communities during the first half of the 20th century.
View Faces of Australia – the popular wall of photographs of Australians at work and at play that forms part of our Memory of a Nation exhibition in Canberra. Tell us if you can identify a person, place or time. Or simply share a memory.
From 2005 to 2010 the National Archives presented Find of the Month, featuring a selection of quirky, intriguing or nostalgic gems from our collection.
Follow the 1950s journey of the Wlochowitz family from Europe to Australia through records found in the National Archives. The documents are good examples of 'typical' postwar migration records.
Just what did we do for fun way back in the early decades of the 20th century, long before computer games, text messaging or even television began to monopolise our home time? We played board games!
Explore a selection of drawings and plans of Australian lighthouses from the National Archives' touring exhibition Beacons by the Sea.
An album of national history, illustrating the part played by the Albert Hall, Canberra, in shaping our national capital and our nation.
The Snowy Scheme was one of Australia's great engineering projects. It also brought thousands of 'New Australians' to our shores after World War II. Explore documents from the National Archives' permanent exhibition Power for the People.
The National Archives holds records about women and men who have served in the Australian defence forces since 1901. This showcase displays some typical service records from our collection.
This selection of documents from the National Archives' exhibition Shell-shocked explores how the community dealt with the after-effects of World War I.
The sinking of the HMAS Sydney in 1941, and the loss of her 645 crew members, shocked Australians deeply. This showcase presents selected documents about the loss of the Sydney and the lingering controversy.
A selection of documents, objects and images from the National Archives' exhibition Stanley Melbourne Bruce: Prime Minister & Statesman.
Photographs of Australian fashion in the 1960s and 70s, from the National Archives' exhibition Strike a Pose, with commentary by curator and fashionista Lee Lin Chin.
Australians' enduring love affair with the sun and the sea is evoked by these photographs from the National Archives' Summers Past exhibition.
On one of the most dramatic days in Australia's political history, Prime Minister Gough Whitlam was dismissed by the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr. In the frantic hours after the Dismissal on 11 November 1975, Whitlam sought to find a way to restore his government to power.