Exhibitions

View exhibitions and displays currently showing at the National Archives in Canberra and venues around Australia. Find out more about our past exhibitions.

  • Spy: Espionage in Australia

    Lydia Janovska at Mascot Airport, Sydney, 1960. NAA: A6122, 1756
    Lydia Janovska at Mascot Airport, Sydney, 1960. (NAA: A6122, 1756)

    Often cloaked in myth, the stories of spies are sometimes stranger than fiction.

    Spy: Espionage in Australia reveals the personal experiences of secret agents and the curious history of espionage and counter-espionage in Australia, from Federation through to the present day.

    Exhibition development supported by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia and National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program.


    12 July 2019 to 13 October 2019

    Newcastle Museum
    6 Workshop Way
    Newcastle NSW 2300

    Tour schedule

    Opens:
    12 July 2019
    Closes:
    13 October 2019
    Location:

    Newcastle Museum
    6 Workshop Way
    Newcastle NSW 2300

    Opens:
    28 November 2019
    Closes:
    27 April 2020
    Location:
    National Archives of Australia
    Queen Victoria Terrace
    PARKES ACT 2600
    Opens:
    16 May 2020
    Closes:
    9 August 2020
    Location:

    Museum of the Great Southern, Western Australian Museum
    Residency Road
    Albany WA 6330

    Opens:
    22 August 2020
    Closes:
    6 December 2020
    Location:
    Museum of Geraldton, Western Australian Museum
    2 Museum Place, Batavia Coast Marina
    Geraldton WA 6530
    Opens:
    19 December 2020
    Closes:
    14 March 2021
    Location:
    Museum of the Goldfields, Western Australian Museum
    17 Hannan Street
    Kalgoorlie WA 6430
    Opens:
    2 April 2021
    Closes:
    4 July 2021
    Location:
    Qantas Founders Museum
    1 Sir Hudson Fysh Drive
    Longreach QLD 4730
    Opens:
    19 July 2021
    Closes:
    24 October 2021
    Location:
    Cobb and Co Museum
    27 Lindsay Street
    Toowoomba QLD 4350
    Opens:
    5 November 2021
    Closes:
    31 January 2022
    Location:
    The Workshops Rail Museum
    North Street
    North Ipswich QLD 4305
    Opens:
    11 February 2022
    Closes:
    29 May 2022
    Location:
    Museum of Tropical Queensland
    70 – 102 Flinders Street
    Townsville QLD 4810
    Opens:
    11 June 2022
    Closes:
    28 August 2022
    Location:
    Albury LibraryMuseum
    Cnr Swift and Kiewa Streets
    Albury NSW 2640
    Opens:
    7 October 2022
    Closes:
    29 January 2023
    Location:
    State Library of South Australia
    North Terrace
    Adelaide SA 5000
  • A Place to Call Home? Migrant hostel memories

    Scheyville Migrant Centre. (NAA: A12111, 2/1957/22A/37)

    Nissen huts, boiled mutton, bottled milk and helping hands.

    Rekindle memories with vivid photographs of life in Australia's migrant hostels.

    This project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Visions of Australia program.

    10 October 2019 to 15 November 2019

    Riverside Theatres
    Cnr Church & Market Streets
    Parramatta NSW 2124

    Tour schedule

    Opens:
    10 October 2019
    Closes:
    15 November 2019
    Location:
    Riverside Theatres
    Cnr Church & Market Streets
    Parramatta NSW 2124
    Opens:
    1 February 2020
    Closes:
    5 April 2020
    Location:

    State Library of Western Australia
    25 Francis Street
    Perth Cultural Centre
    Perth WA 6000

    Opens:
    25 April 2020
    Closes:
    7 June 2020
    Location:
    Hinkler Hall of Aviation
    Mount Perry Rd and Young Street
    Bundaberg
    North QLD 4670
  • 1918: A different life

    Australia was forever changed by the Armistice of 11 November 1918.

    1918: A different life presents a new perspective on how Australians, both serving and civilian, found opportunities to rebuild their lives after the war. Immerse yourself in stories of resilience, courage, resourcefulness and ambition.

    Online only

  • Without Consent: Australia's past adoption practices

    A crèche at a large maternity hospital, 1954
    A crèche at a large maternity hospital, 1954
    (NAA: A1200, L15678)

    Moving experiences of heartbreak and resilience, shared by people affected by Australia's past adoption practices.

    Visit the Forced Adoptions website to learn more about the effects on mothers, fathers, adopted persons, and others within the family. The website was created by the National Archives of Australia to increase awareness and understanding of forced adoptions. It provides access to research, records and resources, and an opportunity for those affected to contribute their own experiences of forced adoption.

    This project has been assisted by the Department of Social Services.

    This project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Visions of Australia program.

    1 November 2019 to 26 January 2020

    National Wool Museum
    26 Moorabool Street
    Geelong VIC 3220

    Tour schedule

    Opens:
    1 November 2019
    Closes:
    26 January 2020
    Location:
    National Wool Museum
    26 Moorabool Street
    Geelong VIC 3220
    Opens:
    7 February 2020
    Closes:
    26 April 2020
    Location:
    State Library of South Australia
    Corner North Terrace and Kintore Avenue
    Adelaide SA 5000
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