Upcoming events

The National Archives has a program of events in Canberra and around the country, including public talks, research workshops and conferences. Browse papers and podcasts from past events. Printable program brochure (pdf, 2MB)

Find yourself in the Archives

Designer: Percy Trompf
'A city in a garden, Adelaide, South Australia', 1932. (M948, 25)

The National Archives and State Records on North Terrace

The National Archives of Australia and State Records of South Australia have recently moved to the State Library on North Terrace. Find out what services both organisations provide in their new home and discover what their varied collections offer to family and local historians. Original records will be on display, as well as a demonstration of how to access records online and a chance to ask questions relating to your own research.

Thursday, 27 November, 10.30–11.30am
Thursday, 18 December, 10.30–11.30am

Bray Room 1, State Library of South Australia
Corner North Terrace and Kintore Avenue
Adelaide SA 5000

Free, bookings essential: adelaideevents@naa.gov.au or phone (08) 8204 8787

Presented by: Nick Gleghorn and Lucy Gaylard.

Gods, guides and gatekeepers

The Millwood family from England embarking on the Himalaya at Tilbury in 1956.
The Millwood family from England embarking on the Himalaya at Tilbury in 1956. (A12111, 1/1956/4/1)

Speakers Corner with Dr Gwenda Tavan

Following World War II, Australia embarked on a journey to build its population.

A whole government department was created just for that purpose. Established in 1945, the Commonwealth Department of Immigration had a big role to play in selling the 'Australian dream' to millions of potential migrants.

Join Dr Gwenda Tavan for the inside story on Australia's migration past, uncovered from records in the Archives.

This Speakers Corner is part of scheduled public programs for the exhibition
A Ticket to Paradise?, on show until 9 March 2015.

Saturday 29 November, 2pm

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, bookings essential: Book now via Eventbrite.

Presented by Dr Gwenda Tavan

A Ticket to Paradise? opening weekend curator tours

Exhibition researcher Michelle Hughes leads you on a journey through A Ticket to Paradise? on its opening weekend, and highlights the personal stories in the exhibition. 

Learn how government decisions and campaigns have shaped post World War II migration to Australia through the documents, photographs, audio and film footage on display. Find out how to contribute your own family’s migration story to the globe interactive as a lasting part of this exhibition.

Sunday 30 November, 11am and 2pm

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, bookings essential. 

Session 1 (11am)

Session 2 (2pm)


A Ticket to Paradise? exhibition tours

Take a journey through the timeline of Australian migration with a friendly gallery host, and get a sense of migrant’s personal stories in the exhibition A Ticket to Paradise?

Various throughout January and February

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, bookings essential.

The full tour schedule and booking links can be found on the National Archives' Eventbrite page.

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