2 September 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of Japan’s surrender, ending World War II. Australia’s perspective on these events is captured in the National Archives collection.
A few generations ago, food and other commodities were so scarce that the Australian Government had to impose rationing to ensure that everyone had a fair share.
International flights were unavailable to Australians until 1935, when a new airline called Qantas Empire Airways launched the first regular flights between Australia and Europe.
The 1967 referendum – in which over 90% of voters agreed that First Australians deserved equal constitutional rights – remains the most successful referendum in Australian history.
In 1915, three mates from Sydney used the humble camera to document their ’adventure of a lifetime’ at Gallipoli.
Illegal brewing had its heyday in rural Australia during the 1930s.
See the sketches of Able Seaman Rex Julius, a little-known war artist commissioned by the Australian War Memorial and Australian Military History Section in 1944.
In 1979, Skylab paid an unscheduled visit to Western Australia – and the Miss Universe pageant.
Cyclone Tracy devastated Darwin on Christmas Day 1974. The Royal Australian Navy instantly mounted a rescue effort.
Celebrity thrives on controversy, especially in moments of heightened national, racial and moral tension.
Exhibition Curator Emily Catt shares what she learnt about working in the current-day intelligence sector.
Touching down in Darwin on 10 December 1919, a former World War I bomber was declared the winner of the Great Australian Air Race, and the first international flight to land in Australia.