Warning – Faces of Australia includes images of Indigenous Australians now deceased.
Our Memory of a Nation exhibition in Canberra includes Faces of Australia, a wall of photographs of Australians at work and at play.
Browse the photographs online and help us identify the people, places and dates when they were taken. You can also share a memory and order copies of the photos.
Faces of Australia includes 227 images chosen from around three million images in the National Archives' collection. Most were taken by photographers working for the Australian News and Information Bureau in the 1950s and 60s, who travelled around the country to record life in an increasingly prosperous postwar nation. Their images show the face the Australian Government wanted to present to the world – people at work and at play, commemorating and celebrating.
|Title or description of record||Date range||Series number|
|Photographic negatives and prints – black & white||1911–71||A1200|
|Photographic colour transparencies||1947–71||A1500|
|Photographic colour transparencies||1971–||A6135|
|Black and white prints||1964–||B941|
|Photographs kept by Dame Annabelle Rankin||1915–74||M2127|
|Index proofs and negatives used to promote tourism in Australia||1934–64||M914|