Henry Kable and Susannah Holmes met in jail as teenagers, and clearly sparks flew. The result of their meeting was not just a child, but the first civil case in Australian history, one which fundamentally inflects the basic nature of our society.
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As far as nation-defining events go, a young couple with a squalling toddler standing about on at the edge of a sheltered covelooking for luggage gone missing wouldn't register on even the most likely history buff's radar.
MoAD Director Daryl Karp picks five objects from our exhibition and tells us why these are her favourites.
In 1988, federal parliament moved from the overcrowded Old Parliament House to its third and permanent home in the spacious Australian Parliament House.
New citizens are welcomed with heart-felt messages from our visitors.
Senators, Members, staffers and journalists let their hair down as they mark the end of an era.
When Prince Harry married Meghan Markle the couple were given the titles ‘Duke and Duchess of Sussex’. Did you know there is a fascinating, largely overlooked, story behind these titles?
In April 1974, a senator was distracted by fresh seafood as a political foil. Did it work?
The Telecom Computerphone had its glorious moment in the sun and on desks in the mid-1980s. It promised an all in one office solution of computer combined with phone *mind blown*...
The Australian Electoral Commission has just announced a federal redistribution of seats and has begun releasing the draft new maps. But what is a redistribution, and what does it mean for most of us as voters?
1968 was a year of global change and protest. Fifty years on, Barry York reflects on the turmoil of those times, as someone who was right there on the front lines.
What does a state governor do? Host garden parties, sign bills… if you’re scratching your head at this point read on to find out more.
Worldwide we are seeing a breakdown of democracy and a decline in trust. Who is to blame? Is it the politicians, the media, big business or us? New MoAD staffer Monica Glasgow reflects.
You never know what might turn up in old storage spaces. Especially in an old historic building. In 2009, a scrapbook was discovered in a storage space at MoAD. Whose was it? What did it hold? What secrets might it reveal? Intern Charles Tuckwell reveals.
2018 marks the 75th anniversary of the election of the first women to the federal parliament. This International Women’s Day, we look at what could have been by profiling seven women who, if things had been different, had what it takes to go all the way to the top of the political ladder.
A profile of just some of the women who will be featured on the front of this iconic building this Enlighten festival, to mark the 75th anniversary of women entering federal politics.
During the 2018 Enlighten Festival, seven spectacular animated illuminations will dance across the front of our building, but they’re more than just pretty lights… here are the stories behind the artwork and the values they represent.
Fifty years ago, Lionel Rose became the first Aboriginal Australian to win a world championship. On 26 February 1968, he defeated Masahiko ‘Fighting’ Harada in Japan for the world bantamweight boxing title.
Kevin Rudd’s Apology to the Stolen Generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children a decade ago endures as a totemic Commonwealth gesture towards Indigenous Australia. Writer Paul Daley shares his views on the legacy of this event in this new piece.
On this day ten years ago, Ngambri Elder Matilda House witnessed Kevin Rudd’s Apology to the Stolen Generations. She carried a message from a friend.