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, 2MB)

Mixed media drawing and watercolour workshops

Students participate in art workshops at Lavender Art Studios.
Students participate in art workshops at Lavender Art Studios.

Be an artist for a day with a mixed media drawing and wash watercolour painting workshop. Watch a demonstration by art teacher Greg Devenny-Mackay from Lavender Art Studios, and then create your own still life watercolours.

Afterward, wander through the beautiful Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize exhibition currently on show in Gallery 2.

Suitable for students aged 5 to 18.

Places limited.

Presented by Greg Devenny-Mackay from Lavender Art Studios

Saturday 4 October, 10am-12pm and 2-4pm

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

$20 per student, bookings essential:

Book now via Eventbrite.

Remembering AE1 and AE2 – Australia's first submarines

Memorial stained glass window, Garden Island Naval Chapel, NSW. Image courtesy of the Royal Australian Navy.

Australia's first submarines, AE1 and AE2, were launched in 1913. At the outbreak of the First World War the two submarines were sent from Sydney to German New Guinea with the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force. On 14 September, a day after the official German surrender of the colony, the AE1, left Rabaul harbour and never returned.

AE2 was ordered to sail through the Dardanelles and disrupt Turkish shipping. In the early hours of 25 April 1915, the AE2 got past minefields and land based guns. After torpedoing a Turkish destroyer it remained at large for five more days before sustaining irreparable damage while under heavy fire. The crew spent the rest of the war in Turkish captivity. The wreck of the AE2 was located in June 1998. The location of the AE1 is still a mystery.

These and other archival treasures revealing the history of Australia's maritime past will be shared at the National Archives of Australia, Brisbane office, in a public talk.

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

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

Wednesday 15 October, 10.00am and repeated Friday 17 October, 2.00pm

National Archives of Australia
16 Corporate Drive
Cannon Hill Qld

Free, bookings are not essential: phone (07) 3249 4200

Presented by: Greg Cope and Eve Crithary

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 World War I.

Thursday 6 November, 10.30am

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

Free, bookings essential: Vesna.liso@naa.gov.au or phone (08) 9470 7530

Presented by: Marjorie Bly

Discovering Anzacs

Attestation paper of Ross Macpherson Smith.
Attestation paper of Ross Macpherson Smith. (B2455, SMITH R P)

This event is part of the Adelaide City Library History Hub program

The National Archives has developed a new website Discovering Anzacs to coincide with the centenary of World War I. The website provides access to World War I service and repatriation records as well as other records from the period relating to internment and copyright. This session will provide an overview of what the site offers and show how you can get involved by contributing your own stories and photos or by transcribing records. There will also be the opportunity for participants to explore the site themselves and ask questions about their own family history research.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014, 10.15–11.15am

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

Presented by: Nick Gleghorn

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