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.
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.
Caroline Ashworth, Chair of our Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group, reflects on her journey of making change and taking responsibility.
In 1954 a steamship arrived in Sydney Harbour carrying the first reigning monarch to visit Australia – Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip.
Richard Gardiner Casey served Australia in many roles, most famously as Governor General. He also had a personal fascination with space.
On 20 April 2022, the Moro family visited the National Archives to observe the 100th anniversary of their mother and grandmother leaving Italy for Australia.
In 1911, Marion Mahony Griffin and her husband Walter Burley Griffin imagined the Australian capital during a cold Chicago winter.