Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that the National Archives' website and collection contain the names, images and voices of people who have died.
Some records include terms and views that are not appropriate today. They reflect the period in which they were created and are not the views of the National Archives.
Magazines and yearbooks created by expeditioners stationed in Antarctica. These keepsakes describe to people back home what living, working and relaxing in such a remote location was like.
Her Majesty, Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen of Australia and Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth (21/4/1926 – 8/9/2022).
We put our collection under the microscope to explore the many fascinating stories about Australia’s environment, and our relationship with it.
'The Samurai' was the first Japanese program shown on Australian TV. When the stadium show came to Australia in 1965, it caused a sensation.
Smuggled on board a Norwegian ship in 1961, Nelle Law was the first Australian woman to set foot on Australian Antarctic Territory.
Between 1948 and 1954, 5,000 Ukrainian 'displaced persons' found refuge in Australia. Among them was future Aussie Rules legend Alex 'Jezza' Jesaulenko.
Attempts to stop the prickly pear in its march across eastern Australia were nothing less than full-scale war.
Melbourne is renowned for its amazing public architecture. Designs of buildings once owned or leased by the Australian Government provide a window into history.
Huskies became a part of Australia’s Antarctic expeditions in 1949, when Australia inherited their dogs from the French. Their descendants remained until 1992.
On 1 July 1942, the Montevideo Maru, was torpedoed off the Philippines. All of the Australian Prisoners of War and civilian internees onboard drowned.
It’s an age-old story: ships, sailors and smuggling. With opium smoking outlawed in 1905, smuggling became increasingly lucrative.
Following the Nazi annexation of Austria in 1938, many members of Vienna’s Jewish community sought refuge overseas. Amongst them were the Weiss family.