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.
In the immediate post-World War II years, the Postmaster-General’s Department was determined to deliver Christmas cheer on time.
Thousands of WWII service people joined the Caterpillar Club: an exclusive organisation for people who had bailed out of an incapacitated aircraft.
Talking chairs, a floating glass building and a self-driving railway. Step into the past (or was it the future?) at Expo 67 in Montreal.
William Veale served in two world wars and helped shape the city of Adelaide.
Thousands of important videotapes in our collection are at risk because the VHS machines needed to play them are no longer being manufactured.
Beer, biff and legends – we look back at how Aussie Rules footy used to be, as told by Western Australian football legend Jack Sheedy.
Iconic TV puppet Mr Squiggle, the ‘man from the Moon’, delighted generations of Australian children.
The diary of an Antarctic cook gives an insight into the dining habits of Australia’s first expeditioners.
2020 marked the 75th anniversary of Japan’s surrender, ending World War II. Australia’s perspective on these events is captured in our collection.
In 1942, food and other commodities were so scarce that the Australian Government had to impose rationing to ensure that everyone had a fair share.
In 1935, 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.