Photograph from the Faces of Australia display, National Archives, Canberra (detail)

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Warning – Faces of Australia includes images of Indigenous Australians now deceased.

Our Memory of a Nation exhibition in Canberra included Faces of Australia, a wall of photographs of Australians at work and at play.

Faces of Australia included 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.

Archival series from which the photographs were selected

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