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.

Walking tours | Magna Carta: stepping stones to democracy

Magna Carta Place, Parkes.

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.

10am–12pm
Sunday 12 April
Tuesday 21 April
Sunday 10 May
Tuesday 19 May

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, bookings essential, places limited. Book now

Seminar | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders serving our country

Private Richard Martin, Aboriginal serviceman.

Many Indigenous Australians who served Australia in war experienced equal treatment for the first time in their lives. However, upon return to civilian life, they often found they were treated with the same prejudice and discrimination as before. Hear their stories as revealed in National Archives records.

Presented by Gregory Cope

Wednesday 15 April, 10am
Friday 17 April, 2pm

National Archives of Australia
16 Corporate Drive
Cannon Hill
QLD

Coffee and tea provided, parking available.

The seminars run for approximately 1 to 1.5 hours.

Bookings and further information on (07) 3249 4200 or gregory.cope@naa.gov.au

Seminar | Smoke socials, meat works and rebellion: Darwin 1914–1919

Northern Territory World War I volunteers in Darwin, 1915 (detail).
NTRS 234 Elna ANGELES CP 896-1

On 22 April 1915 a smoke social was held to farewell the first contingent of volunteers from the Northern Territory enlisting to join the effort in the Great War. A century later,  Dr Matthew Stephen will look back at this event and the Northern Territory at the time.

This is the first in a series of three talks on 'World War I and the Territory' to be held at the Northern Territory Archives Centre in 2015.

Presented by Dr Matthew Stephen

Wednesday 22 April, 5.15 for 5.30pm start

Northern Territory Archives Centre
Kelsey Crescent
Millner NT

Bookings and further information on (08) 8999 6890 or ntac@nt.gov.au. Bookings are required by Tuesday 21 April.

Workshop | Discovering Anzacs at the History Hub

World War I serviceman John Gurner Burnell. Bond of Sacrifice collection.

Do you have relatives who served in World War I? Learn how to build a profile for them on the Discovering Anzacs website, including how to add stories, photos and records. Discover Australia's Anzac history through World War I service and repatriation records, as well as other records from the World War I period including those relating to internment and copyright.

Includes an opportunity to explore the website and ask questions relating to your own research.

This event is held in partnership with the Adelaide City Library History Hub

Presented by Nick Gleghorn

Part of About Time: South Australia's History Festival

Wednesday 22 April 2015, 10.30–11.30am
Wednesday 20 May 2015, 10.30–11.30am

Adelaide City Library, Digital Hub
Level 3, Rundle Place
Rundle Mall (enter via Francis Street)
Adelaide SA

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

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
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.

Presented by Nick Gleghorn and Travis Gottschutzke

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

10.30–11.30am

Wednesday 29 April
Wednesday 27 May

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

Exhibition floor talks | Without Consent

Without consent: Australia's past adoption practices

Hear curator Amy Lay's view of the exhibition Without Consent: Australia's past adoption practices and learn about the impact of forced adoption.

12.30pm

Wednesday 1 April
Wednesday 8 April
Wednesday 15 April

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, bookings essential. Further details and booking links can be found on the National Archives' Eventbrite page.

Seminar | Interned: records of World War I internment from the Archives

'German sympathiser' Georg Tummel. NAA: D3597, 4215      

Hear stories of what it was like to be an 'enemy alien' in South Australia during World War I, revealed in case files on internees held by the National Archives. Often spanning decades, these files provide insight into the investigations that led to internment, the heartbreak of family separation and the impact of internment after the war. 

Includes a curator’s tour of the Migration Museum exhibition Interned, Torrens Island, 1914–15

Presented by Nick Gleghorn

This event is held in partnership with the Migration Museum

Tuesday 5 May
Exhibition tour 10am
Talk 11am

The Chapel, Migration Museum
Kintore Avenue
Adelaide SA

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

Pub talk | Drink in the past

Franklin Hotel beer label. NAA: D737, S1966/10575

Meet Adelaide's brewers, wine makers and black marketeers of the past while enjoying a drink in the bar of the Franklin Hotel. What was Thomas Cooper up to in 1894? What is an 'electronic wine captain'? How do you make a hogshead of crème de menthe?

Join Jeremy Sibbald from the National Archives for answers to these questions and more, discovered in beer and wine related records of the National Archives of Australia.

This event is part of About Time: South Australia's History Festival

Saturday 9 May, 2–3pm

Franklin Hotel
92 Franklin Street
Adelaide SA

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

Restricted, redacted, destroyed - the role of records in rebuilding the past

Dr Karen George
Dr Karen George

Dr Karen George, consultant historian and writer, will discuss the record holdings of institutions such as McBride Maternity Hospital, Kate Cocks Babies Home, Fullarton Refuge and other institutions from where many children were adopted. She will focus on records discovery and reconstruction when records have not survived and the importance of records to people affected by forced adoptions and out-of-home care.

Wednesday 13 May, 10.30am

Hetzel Lecture Theatre
Institute Building, 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

Reconciliation Week tours | Memory of a Nation

Larrakia petition to the Queen, 1972. On display in the Memory of a Nation exhibition. NAA: A2354, 1973/86

During Reconciliation Week, take a tour and come face to face with the Indigenous records in our permanent exhibition, Memory of a Nation. Hear the story of the Larrakia petition, see a copy of the 1967 Referendum and read letters protesting against the arrest of Albert Namatjira.

12.30pm on Wednesday 27, Thursday 28 and Friday 29 May
12.30pm on Monday 1, Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 June
11am and 2pm on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 May

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, bookings essential, places limited. Bookings open soon.

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