National Archives announces Palace Letters release date

Thursday, 9 July 2020

The National Archives of Australia will release the Kerr Palace Letters on Tuesday 14 July.

National Archives Director-General David Fricker said all the letters will be released without exemption.

‘In line with the High Court ruling of 29 May, the National Archives has examined the records for public release under the provisions of the Archives Act 1983 and I have determined all items will be released in full,’ Mr Fricker said.

The records cover the period of Sir John Kerr’s term as Governor-General (1974–77). There are six files, which include more than 1000 pages. There are 212 letters, many with attachments such as newspaper clippings, reports, and copies of letters related to meetings and events attended by Sir John Kerr during his tenure as Governor-General.

Applicants that have sought access to the Kerr Palace Letters will be advised of the release date.

Mr Fricker said, ‘The National Archives is proud to function as the memory and evidence of the nation, to preserve and provide historical Commonwealth records to the public.’

Digital copies of the Kerr Palace Letters will be made publicly available on the National Archives’ website from 11.00am on Tuesday 14 July.

Contact information

National Archives of Australia Media Team

Phone: 0417 247 157