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, 1.23MB)

Researching 'Warning: The Story of Cyclone Tracy'

View of cyclone damaged houses
NTAS, Adam L J, NTRS 3128 Item 4 “Alawa [view of cyclone damaged houses]” (detail) 25/12/1974

Warning: The Story of Cyclone Tracy is being released in August 2014, in time for the 40th anniversary of the disaster. Sophie Cunningham has drawn extensively on the eyewitness accounts held in the records at the Archives, weaving a compassionate narrative about what happened during and after the cyclone.

Sophie will speak about her work and the many weeks she spent at the Northern Territory Archives Service, the research process, and how the archival records informed the stories in her book.

Sophie Cunningham, a former publisher and editor, is the author of three other books including Geography(2004), Bird (2008) and Melbourne (2011).

Presented by the National Archives of Australia and the Northern Territory Archives Service.

Wednesday 13 August, 5.15 for 5.30pm start

Northern Territory Archives Centre
Kelsey Crescent Millner NT

*Car parking at rear of NTAC off Skelton Street. Entrance on Kelsey Crescent.

Free, bookings essential: (08) 8999 6890 or ntac@nt.gov.au

Presented by Sophie Cunningham

Harness the power of the Hive

Page 208 of Consignment list for Series D363/50
Page 208 of Consignment list for Series D363/50 (D363/50)

Get help with your research, and get involved with the new website arcHIVE to help make our records more findable online.

Thursday 14 August, 10.30am

Seminar Room
National Archives of Australia
384 Berwick Street
East Victoria Park, WA

Free, bookings essential: Bookings can be made via email at Vesna.liso@naa.gov.au or by phone on (08) 9470 7530

Presented by: Marjorie Bly

Lighting the darkness - Lighthouses in Queensland

Goods Island Lighthouse, Queensland, 1969. (A1500, K21735)

Shipping without coastal lights could be a matter of life and death in the 19th Century. Lighthouses have played a major role in creating a safe coastline for shipping. Queensland has over 30 lighthouses and many navigational aids along the most hazardous coastline in Australia. The last manned lighthouse went automatic in 1996. The records on Lighthouses include 19th century plans, drawings, log books and images. These and other archival treasures revealing the history of Lighthouses in Queensland will be shared at the National Archives of Australia, Brisbane office, in a public talk in mid-August.

A reference officer will be on hand to help researchers find their topic of interest.

All seminars are free, bookings are not essential. Morning tea is provided.

Onsite parking is available or Archives is a 5 minute walk from Cannon Hill station on the Cleveland line. 

Friday 15 August, 2.00 pm and repeated on Wednesday 20 August, 10.00am

National Archives of Australia
16 Corporate Drive
Cannon Hill Qld

For bookings phone (07) 3249 4200

Presented by: Mairi Popplewell


Discovering Anzacs

Anzac Day march, Saint George's Terrace, 1965
Anzac Day march, Saint George's Terrace, 1965 (A1200, L50908)

Find out how to help the Archives create a unique profile of every Anzac who enlisted in WWI.

Thursday 6 November, 10.30am

Seminar Room
National Archives of Australia
384 Berwick Street
East Victoria Park, WA

Free, bookings essential: Bookings can be made via email at Vesna.liso@naa.gov.au or by phone on (08) 9470 7530

Presented by: Marjorie Bly

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