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 1902 Australia became the first country in the world to grant women of European heritage full suffrage – the right to vote and to stand for election. Despite this progress, discrimination against women remained commonplace.
From the time humans landed in Antarctica, its flora and fauna have been studied and exploited for food and resources.
Tasmanians were sharply divided over a 1978 proposal to dam the Franklin River and generate hydro-electricity.
The Australian people vote on proposed changes to the constitution at a referendum.
In a referendum held on 27 May 1967, Australians voted to remove references in the Australian Constitution discriminating against First Australians.
From playing games with friends to going to school, some parts of childhood never seem to change.
On 11 November 1975, Governor-General Sir John Kerr terminated Gough Whitlam's appointment as Prime Minister of Australia.
Australia’s 6 British colonies became one nation on 1 January 1901.
After Federation, the first parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia moved to pass a package of legislation that would establish its racial boundaries as a new nation.