Silk in tatters, burst seams, sweat stained and grimy, the coatee worn by Australia’s first prime minister, Edmund Barton was in a poor state. Conservator Deb Spoehr spent painstaking hours cleaning and stabilising the coatee, preserving its fascinating story. See how this transformation took place.
We asked Diya Mehta, a 15-year-old student and writer for Crinkling News to be our roving reporter at MediaMe, the first-ever national conference on young people's media literacy. She interviewed young people, reporters and subject matter experts, and found out why it’s important for young people ‘to be heard in the world’.
The ninth of January marks the 50th anniversary of John Gorton’s election as leader of the Liberal Party, making him Australia’s 19th prime minister.
The year 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the end of convict transportation to Australia.
Some people will be surprised to read this; after all, didn’t the importation of convicts into New South Wales, where the great majority were sent, end much earlier? Yes, that’s true, but read Barry’s blog to find out how this intriguing story ended.
With just a handful of days left in 2017, we’re looking back at the year that was. Here’s a quick roundup of our top Facebook posts that you’ve shared, talked about, commented on and liked, loved, lol’d at, or even given an ‘angry react’ to (yeah, we see you) this year.
Today, 20 December 2017, marks the centenary of Australia’s second plebiscite on conscription. Our regular blogger Barry York asks, 'was this a ‘Brexit’ moment?'
The federal seat of Bennelong has had four members, and each of them has a story to tell. As Bennelong votes in its by-election this weekend, we look back at the people who have held the seat in the past: a knight, a prime minister, a journalist and a tennis player!
Fifty years after his disappearance off Cheviot Beach, the 17th Prime Minister of Australia, the Right Honourable Harold Edward Holt, Companion of Honour, deserves a place in the nation’s history as a social reformer, an astute legislator and a democratic advocate who brought humanity to Australia’s highest elected office.
My name is Anhaar Kareem, I am 10 years old and a winner of the What matters? writing competition for 2017.
The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, in partnership with the Australian Cartoonists' Association, hosted the Pulitzer Prize-winning USA political cartoonist Ann Telnaes as part of Behind the Lines 2017.
With Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Liberal MP John Alexander contesting by-elections in their former seats, thanks to the Section 44 citizenship crisis, researcher Campbell takes a look at some important by-elections that have had an impact on the Australian political landscape.
MoAD was proud to be a contributor and partner to deliver MediaMe, the first ever national conference on young people’s media literacy.
Why has there has been a decline in public trust in our politicians and political institutions? Has the calibre of Australian politicians declined and if so why? What could be done to reverse the trend? And, what would the ideal politician look like?
Eminent British historian David Starkey has compared Martin Luther to a jihadist. What could such a person and his rebellion against the Catholic Church 500 years ago possibly have to do with democracy? Read Barry York’s blog to find out.
You’ve heard about Brexit, but what about WAxit? Thought of starting your own country? It’s a little bit more complex than running up a new flag. Our researcher Campbell has the details on states that have tried to leave the Commonwealth or split off from their state.
Election watchers have been busy this year. France went to the polls in April and May, and the UK in June. This weekend there are two elections to watch out for: New Zealand and Germany.
We know a lot about what our early prime ministers were like. There are plenty of photos of them throughout their lives, and biographies record their personalities, appearance, quirks, habits, and even their tastes in food, literature or music. But we don’t know much about how they sounded.
Nearly 60 years ago a young Scottish immigrant, Isobel Saxelby, was given a toy koala, a symbol of a new life and her new home in Australia. It remained a treasured possession until ‘Kookie’, as Isobel called it, found a new home in the museum.
Here are some of the historical rights won by LGBTI activists fighting for their place in Australia’s society.
Did you know the Australian flag has only been official since the 1950s? And that the most common version for a long time was red, not blue? This National Flag Day, we have some more facts to share about the big blue banner.