The National Archives holds a range of records about service in the Royal Australian Navy.
Cyclone Tracy devastated Darwin on Christmas Day 1974. The Royal Australian Navy instantly mounted a rescue effort.
The National Archives of Australia has records about members of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) who served as crew aboard RAN ships.
Newspaper article regarding the deportation of pearl-diver Samsudin bin Katib.
Dated 25 November 1941 and headed 'MOST SECRET', this document reports that the Royal Australian Navy light cruiser HMAS Sydney was four days overdue.
Opening day of the first Antarctic Treaty Consultative meeting – Prime Minister Robert Menzies and John Gorton
This image shows House of Representative Chamber, Old Parliament House, Canberra. Prime Minister Robert Menzies pictured standing and Minister for the Navy John Gorton seated.
Late November 1941 was a dark time for the Royal Australian Navy, with 2 major naval tragedies occurring within days of each other. The first is well known: the sinking of the HMAS Sydney by a German raider on 19 November with the loss of all 645 crew. Less well known is the sinking of the HMAS Parramatta just a few days later, with the loss of a further 138 lives.
Find war service records, view them online and order copies of photographs and medals with the National Archives of Australia collection.
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.
Photographs in the National Archives’ collection capture the faces of ordinary Australian women whose lives were about to change forever.
The National Archives collection includes about 17,000 films created and collected by Australia's defence forces and departments responsible for related functions, including the Department of Veterans' Affairs.
The National Archives holds records relating to every conflict Australia was involved in from 1899 to 1975.
Our New South Wales Office Research Centre is currently closed due to building works.
The National Archives' extraordinary collection of records about Australia's defence and war efforts will help you learn more about your family's war history, support your academic research, or commemorate ex-service members.
We're digitising 850,000 WWII service records to share stories of Australians' service and sacrifice.
This page outlines the history of the various Australian intelligence and security services from Federation until the present day.
It also includes links to some of our records about these agencies.
The National Archives of Australia is a rich source of information for family historians.
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An antique wooden barque called the Success, rebuilt from an Indian trader into a sensationalist touring exhibit supposedly representing a British convict ship. The enterprising entertainers were keen to exploit the Australian public’s appetite for a gothic convict narrative fostered by the novel For the term of his natural life.
Fact sheets introduce you to subjects in the collection and include a selection of records. They are a useful starting point for research.