“We, the undersigned…”: Petitions in the National Archives

Event details

Events and Exhibitions

Date & time

20 May 2021

11 am to 12 pm


Hetzel Lecture Theatre
Institute Building
State Library of South Australia
North Terrace
Adelaide SA 5000



This talk will explore the activism of citizens and residents through petitions submitted to the Australian government found in the collection of the National Archives. Petitions discussed range from those related to significant historical movements such as Aboriginal land rights, the Suffragettes and protests against the atomic bomb, to more local concerns such as the closing of post offices or advocacy on behalf of individuals.

Presented as part of South Australia's History Festival