Exhibitions

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

  • I’ve Been Working On The Railway

    Mt Newman Rail Project, 1969. Photo courtesy of John Kennell Snr.
    Mt Newman Rail Project, 1969. Photo courtesy of John Kennell Snr.

    The untold stories and proud history of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander people who helped build Australia’s rail network.

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    23 November 2013 to 18 May 2014

    National Archives of Australia
    Queen Victoria Terrace
    Parkes ACT

  • Banned

    Banned Logo

    The National Archives in Canberra has updated its café with a new display on banned books. Read about the secret history of Australian censorship as you sip your coffee.

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    On permanent display

    Open daily from 9am to 5pm (except Christmas and Good Friday)

    National Archives of Australia
    Queen Victoria Terrace
    Parkes ACT 2600

  • Discovering Mildenhall’s Canberra

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    A game of bowls at Hotel Canberra, 1926.  
    (NAA: A3560, 2691)

    Discovering Mildenhall's Canberra is an display of photographs capturing the construction of the national capital.

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    On permanent display

    Open daily from 9am to 5pm (except Christmas and Good Friday)

    National Archives of Australia
    Queen Victoria Terrace
    Parkes ACT 2600

  • Memory of a Nation

    Students from Launceston Church Grammar School explore Memory of a Nation at the National Archives in Canberra

    Discover the events and the people – both ordinary and extraordinary – who have shaped this nation. Regularly updated to include new exhibits and interactives.

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    On permanent display

    Open daily from 9am to 5pm (except Christmas and Good Friday)

    National Archives of Australia
    Queen Victoria Terrace
    Parkes ACT 2600

  • Shell-shocked: Australia after Armistice

    Photograph showing the original grave and marker of Private John Henderson in Belgium
    Original grave and marker (NAA: B2455, Henderson J 2383)

    Shell-shocked: Australia after Armistice explores how the nation dealt with the lingering effects of World War I over the next 20 years.

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    31 January 2014 to 6 May 2014

    Cobb and Co
    27 Lindsay Street
    Toowoomba QLD 4350

    Tour schedule

    Opens:
    31 January 2014
    Closes:
    6 May 2014
    Location:

    Cobb and Co
    27 Lindsay Street
    Toowoomba QLD 4350

  • Traversing Antarctica: the Australian experience

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    Sledging practice, Cape Denison, Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1912. Photographer: Frank Hurley. (NAA: M584, 12)

    Traversing Antarctica: the Australian experience celebrates the centenary of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition led by Douglas Mawson in 1911–14 and charts Australian involvement in, and fascination with, Antarctica up to the present day.

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    12 April 2014 to 22 June 2014

    Museum of the Riverina
    Historic Council Chambers site
    Cnr Baylis & Morrow Streets
    Wagga Wagga NSW 2650

    Tour schedule

    Opens:
    12 April 2014
    Closes:
    22 June 2014
    Location:
    Museum of the Riverina
    Cnr Baylis & Morrow Streets
    Wagga Wagga NSW 2650
    Opens:
    5 July 2014
    Closes:
    7 September 2014
    Location:
    Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery
    1 Barolin Street
    Bundaberg QLD 4670
    Opens:
    20 September 2014
    Closes:
    1 November 2014
    Location:
    Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum
    Cnr Goondoon & Bramston Streets
    Gladstone QLD 4680
    Opens:
    6 December 2014
    Closes:
    1 February 2015
    Location:
    Hervey Bay Regional Gallery
    166 Old Maryborough Road
    Pialba QLD 4655
    Opens:
    14 February 2015
    Closes:
    22 March 2015
    Location:
    Grafton Regional Gallery
    158 Fitzroy Street
    Grafton NSW 2460

Federation Gallery

Special viewing dates

Our Federation Gallery contains some of Australia's most significant documents – those that record the founding of the Commonwealth of Australia. We like to refer to these as the 'birth certificates' of our nation.

The seven items in the gallery include the original Constitution Act passed by the British Parliament and the Royal Commission of Assent signed by Queen Victoria on 9 July 1900. They also include documents that record later changes to Australia's Constitution.

The National Archives is committed to ensuring the future survival of this material as well as encouraging and facilitating Australians' access to the documents.

New preservation research techniques measure the impact of light on documents. We balance the documents' future conservation needs with the public's right to access. We now open the gallery for special public viewing days, and for group and school bookings.

Special viewing:

9am - 5pm

  • Saturday 19 April to Monday 21 April 2014
  • Friday 25 April to Sunday 27 April 2014
  • Tuesday 27 May to Tuesday 3 June 2014
  • Saturday 7 June until Monday 9 June 2014.

Our staff will be on hand to show you the documents.

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