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.

Behind the Wheel - A timely look at the Australian car industry

Two ladies with a Holden car outside General Motors Holden, Melbourne, 1959. NAA: A1200, L30014

Two ladies with a Holden car outside General Motors Holden, Melbourne, 1959.

(NAA: A1200, L30014)

Friday 16th February, 10am and again on Wednesday 21st February, 10am | Brisbane

The last Australian built car rolled out of the factory in October 2017. This ended over 100 years of local manufacture. The demise was widely reported and discussed by the media and Parliament, but how did Australia get into the car making business to start with? Find out how the automotive industry began in Australia, including stories of big dreams, failures, successes and corruption.

National Archives of Australia
Queensland State Office
16 Corporate Drive
Cannon Hill QLD 4170

Free, bookings essential: via (07) 3249 4224 or Gregory.cope@naa.gov.au

An Enigma Revealed: the mystery and mysticism of Prime Minister Alfred Deakin

Black and white seated portait, Alfred Deakin.
The Honourable Alfred Deakin, c1901–41. (NAA: A5954, 1299/2 PHOTO PL765/1)

Friday 9 March, 5.30–7.30pm | Canberra

Australia's second Prime Minister, Alfred Deakin, lived an extraordinary life that often transcended politics, the machinations of political life and even his family, in unexpected ways.

This deeply spiritual man longed to be a lone creative writer and, in the midst of his second and most important term as Prime Minister (1905–08), he considered leaving politics altogether.

Join historian and former advisor on the Centenary of Canberra, David Headon, as he sheds light on the contradictions of this enigmatic leader.

Talk followed by drinks and canapes on the terrace.

Old Parliament House, Members Dining Room 2
Entry via Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT 2600

Free, bookings essential: via Eventbrite

This event is part of the 2018 Enlighten Festival.

Enlighten Festival Canberra
Copyright National Archives of Australia 2018