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.

Please note: This page includes images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased.

Building tours | Open House Melbourne at Victorian Archives Centre

Open House Melbourne logo

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 July, 10am–4pm | Melbourne

The National Archives of Australia and Public Record Office Victoria will open their doors at the Victorian Archives Centre as part of Open House Melbourne.

Open House Melbourne showcases significant Melbourne buildings, illustrating the city’s rich history and reflecting how Melbournians live and work.

Tours of the building will operate over the weekend. Bookings are essential and will open on 8 July. Please visit the Open House Melbourne website for bookings.

Victorian Archives Centre
99 Shiel Street
North Melbourne VIC

Free, bookings essential

Information Sessions | Find Yourself in the Archives

Government House and North Adelaide, 1935.
Government House and North Adelaide, 1935.
Photographer: Frank Hurley. SRSA: GRG35/342/GN5612

10.30–11.30am on the following days | Adelaide

Wednesday 29 July
Wednesday 26 August

Records relating to Immigration, Defence, Education, Crime and more are all held in the collections of the National Archives and State Records. Discover what these collections offer to family and local historians and the services offered by each organisation on North Terrace. Original records will be on display, a demonstration of how to search online and a chance to ask questions about your own research.

These sessions will be held on the last Wednesday of each month during 2015.

This event is a joint presentation from the National Archives of Australia and State Records of South Australia

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 Travis Gottschutzke

Curator floor talks | Life Interrupted: Gallipoli moments

Life Interrupted Gallipoli Moments

Saturday 1 August, 2pm and 3.30pm | Canberra

Join the curators of Life Interrupted: Gallipoli moments for an exclusive insight into the exhibition.

Elise Edmonds, State Library of NSW and Anne-Marie Conde, National Archives will highlight the connections between two distinctive collections: diaries purchased between 1918 and 1925 by the State Library of NSW, and personal service records created by the Commonwealth as the official record of individual service in World War I.

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, bookings essential, places limited. Book now.

Speakers Corner | Kismet: the story of Gallipoli prisoners of war

Cover of 'Kismet: the story of the Gallipoli POWs' by Dr Jennifer Lawless

Sunday 9 August, 2pm | Canberra

The research for Dr Jennifer Lawless' book Kismet: the story of the Gallipoli POWs took 10 years and included a trek of 8000 kilometres across Turkey to locate the various camps where 67 identified Australian soldiers were held.

Hear their stories of capture and experience at camps across Turkey as Dr Lawless shares information and insights gleaned from Australian, British and Turkish archives.

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, bookings essential, Book now.

National Family History Month event | Family History Feast

Group portrait of soldier with family, 1915-18. Courtesy State Library of Victoria.

Monday 10 August, 10am–4pm | Melbourne

Calling family historians in Victoria! Join the National Archives of Australia, Public Record Office Victoria and others for the 12th annual Family History Feast at the State Library of Victoria.

'Feast' on a whole day of free family history talks, with topics ranging from Australian women in the war to soldier settlement in Victoria. Discover how Victorian government agencies can help family historians, and attend the annual Don Grant Memorial Lecture, organised by the Victorian Association of Family History Organisations.

This year’s Feast has a special focus on World War I.

Family History Feast is hosted by the State Library of Victoria with collaborating partners:
National Archives of Australia (Melbourne Office), Public Record Office Victoria, Immigration Discovery Centre of Museum Victoria, State Trustees, Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages and Victorian Association of Family History Organisations.

State Library of Victoria
328 Swanston St
Meet at Entry 3, La Trobe Street

Bookings essential and will open on 22 June.

Please visit the State Library of Victoria's website for bookings closer to the time.

Seminar | Telly for a nation: a history of TV in Oz

ABC tv camera filming newsreader seated at news desk
Filming the ABC news, 1968. NAA: B941, Radio and television/studios/3

Wednesday 19 August, 10am and Friday 21 August, 2pm | Brisbane

In 1950 the Menzies government announced a gradual introduction of television in Australia, with plans to launch the ABC Television station.

Did you know our forays into the brave new world of TV started much earlier, with ventures in experimental television as early as 1929?

Follow Australia's journeys toward becoming a nation of TV watchers through records and photos from the National Archives.

National Archives of Australia
16 Corporate Drive
Cannon Hill QLD

Free, bookings essential, places limited: gregory.cope@naa.gov.au or phone (07) 3249 4224

Presented by Greg Cope

Exhibition highlights tour | Life Interrupted: Gallipoli moments

Life Interrupted Gallipoli Moments

Saturday 23 August, 2pm | Canberra

Find out how the personal diaries and letters on show in Life Interrupted: Gallipoli moments connect with the official war service records from the National Archives of Australia to form the complete personal story of those who experienced Gallipoli.

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, bookings essential, places limited. Book now.

Website workshop | Discovering Anzacs: a digital experience

black and white portrait
John Gurner Burnell. From the Bond of Sacrifice collection.

Sunday 23 August, 2.30pm | Canberra

Get a hands-on tutorial in using Discovering Anzacs to find the Anzac in your family. The National Archives' Emma Diamond will take you step by step through the process and give handy hints along the way. Don’t forget to bring your digital device!

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, bookings essential. Book now.

Walking tours | Magna Carta: stepping stones to democracy

Magna Carta Place, Langton Crescent, Parkes.

10am–12pm on the following days | Canberra

Sunday 27 September

800 years ago, King John signed the Magna Carta, the 'Great Charter', at Runnymede. Take a volunteer guided walk to discover the story of this document, celebrated as the first step towards modern democracy. This will include a rare viewing of the Charters of Our Nation at the National Archives, stops at democratic landmarks along the way and conclude with a viewing of the 1297 copy of the Charter in Parliament House.

Tours commence at Magna Carta Place in Parkes.
Please meet your tour guide and other members of the group at this location.

Free, bookings essential, places limited. Book now

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