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.

Events at the National Archives of Australia may be photographed and recorded. Please inform the photographer if you do not want your photograph taken.

Floriade – special Waterhouse tours

Diane Allison, Opium Drift, empty pill capsules on acrylic
Diane Allison, Opium Drift, empty pill capsules on acrylic

24 September and 1, 8 and 15 October, 2pm | Canberra

Explore 'Life in bloom' through art, science and the natural world in The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize™ 2016.

Gallery 2
National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Call: (02) 6212 3600

Free, bookings not required

School holiday fun

People - Children - Children at libraries. 1967.
People - Children - Children at libraries. 1967. (NAA: A1200: L61035)

24 September – 9 October | Canberra

The Federation Gallery will be open for both long weekends of the school holidays. Pop in to see the Constitution! Or visit our Family Corner for activities and games inspired by the Waterhouse exhibition.

Federation Gallery and Gallery 1
National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Call: (02) 6212 3600

Free, bookings not required

Federation Gallery

Royal Assent of Queen Victoria to Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act of 1900
Royal Assent of Queen Victoria to Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act of 1900 (NAA: A5137, 729265)

Exclusive viewings | Canberra

Catch a glimpse of the Commonwealth of Australia's original founding documents with a Gallery Host who will discuss the significance of these intriguing, beautiful and powerful documents.

Labour Day long weekend
Saturday 1 – Monday 3 October | 9am–5pm
Boxing Day long weekend
Monday 26 – Tuesday 27 December | 9am–5pm

Federation Gallery
National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, bookings not required

Bogged again – four-wheel drives in the Northern Territory

Sport and recreation - Motor racing - Redex trial. 1955.
Sport and recreation - Motor racing - Redex trial. 1955. (NAA: A1200, L18547)

Wednesday 28 September, 5.30pm | Darwin

Come along to this entertaining talk by Jared Archibald and hear about the history of four-wheel drives in the Northern Territory, and their industrial, military and recreational uses.

Northern Territory Archives Centre
Kelsey Crescent
Millner NT

Free, bookings essential: Please email ntac@nt.gov.au or phone (08) 8999 6890 to book your place.

ANU Digital Art — Stop animation short film workshop

Friday 7 October, 2–3.30pm

Join ANU School of Art graduates in a film production workshop for Year 9—12 students. Participants will respond to the themes and artworks of The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize™ exhibition for inspiration. Come and play with stop-frame animation and short film production.

E-Zone
National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

$20 per student, bookings essential: Visit Eventbrite to book your place

Tasmania's migrant past

Immigration – Migrants in employment in Australia. 1958.
Immigration – Migrants in employment in Australia. 1958. (NAA: A12111, 1/1958/16/187)

Tuesday 11 October, 1–2pm | Hobart

The first migrant ship arrived in Hobart in 1816, starting a tradition that has seen arrivals from all over the world. Find your relatives in the records of the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office and the National Archives of Australia. A joint Seniors Week presentation.

For further events check LINC Tasmania's website closer to Senior’s Week (10-14 October.)

State Library of Tasmania
91 Murray Street
Level 2 Hub
Hobart TAS

Call: (03) 6165 5607

Free, bookings not required

Researching the story: 'Remember me kindly, a history of the Holtze family in the Northern Territory'

Sir George Le Hunte, Governor of South Australia, plants a tree, Darwin Botanic Gardens, 1905. Nicholas Holtz, curator of the gardens, is at far right.
Sir George Le Hunte, Governor of South Australia, plants a tree, Darwin Botanic Gardens, 1905. Nicholas Holtz, curator of the gardens, is at far right. (A1200, L36660)

Wednesday 12 October, 5.30pm | Darwin

Come along and hear Deb Bisa share the story of her search to uncover the extraordinary history of the Holtze family, who came to Australia in 1873 seeking refuge, and became the first curators of what is now known as the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens.

Northern Territory Archives Centre
Kelsey Crescent
Millner NT

Free, bookings essential: Visit Eventbrite or phone 8999 6890 to book your place.

The Cold War and the Petrovs

Vladimir Petrov and Edvokia Petrov inside the safe house in which they were held following their defection to Australia. 1954.
Vladimir Petrov and Edvokia Petrov inside the safe house in which they were held following their defection to Australia. 1954. (NAA: A6285, 11)

Wednesday 26 October, 10am and Friday 28 October, 10am and 2pm | Brisbane

Rarely does a political event capture a nation's imagination like the Petrov Affair. With the recent release of M15 files, more light has been shed on the roles of ASIO, the KGB and the Petrovs. Join us as we explore records held by the Archives and what they reveal about this remarkable story.

National Archives of Australia
16 Corporate Drive
CANNON HILL Qld

Free, Bookings are required. To book please email gregory.cope@naa.gov.au or phone: (07) 3249 4224.

The Waterhouse – in conversation

Emilie Patteson, Turning of the tides, blown, hot sculpted and assembled glass with dried seaweed.
Emilie Patteson, Turning of the tides, blown, hot sculpted and assembled glass with dried seaweed.

Saturday 29 October, 2–3.30pm | Canberra

Meet three highly commended contemporary glass artists – Emilie Patteson, Elizabeth Kelly and Jenni Martiniello. Learn about the themes and concepts that inspire their works and discover how artists continue to transcend the historical uses of glass in order to create new meanings. Erica Seccombe, Foundation Studies lecturer at the ANU School of Art, will facilitate the discussion.

Menzies Room and Gallery 2
National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

$10 per person, bookings essential: Visit Eventbrite to book your place

Plebiscite 1916 and 1917

Poster 'How to vote' referendum. 1916.
Poster 'How to vote' referendum. 1916. (NAA: A406, E1916/3054)

Friday 4 November, 5.30pm | Canberra

Join us for a spirited discussion on the conscription plebiscites of 1916 and 1917. View collection items related to the divisive debates, and listen to a panel discussion about how the plebiscites are still relevant today.

Menzies Room
National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, bookings essential: Visit Eventbrite to book your place

Have a Go Day

Sport and recreation – volleyball. 1979.
Sport and recreation – volleyball. 1979. (NAA: A6180, 16/1/79/4)

Wednesday 9 November, 9am–3.30pm | Perth

Visit our stand at Burswood Park and chat to our experienced staff, who will help guide your family history research. Browse copies of records to give you a taste for more!

Burswood Park
Great Eastern Highway
Burswood WA

Call: (08) 9470 7500

Remembrance Day book launch

The Last Battle: soldier settlement in Australia 1916-1939 by Bruce Scates and Melanie Oppenheimer.
The Last Battle: soldier settlement in Australia 1916-1939 by Bruce Scates and Melanie Oppenheimer.

11 November, 10am | Canberra

Join Archives Director-General as he launches The Last Battle: soldier settlement in Australia 1916-1939 (Cambridge University Press) by Bruce Scates and Melanie Oppenheimer.

Menzies Room
National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, bookings essential: Visit Eventbrite to book your place

Genealogy gems – immigration records at the National Archives

Thursday 17 November, 1–2pm | Adelaide

We hold a wide range of records relating to 20th century immigration. Learn how they can assist your family history research. Part of the State Library's monthly lecture series.

Hetzel Lecture Theatre,
Institute Building
State Library of South Australia
Adelaide SA

Free, bookings essential: Visit the State Library of South Australia's Eventbrite page to book your place.

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