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.
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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.
Arthur Calwell was Australia’s Minister for Immigration, responsible for the large wave of post-Second World War migrants who drastically changed the makeup of Australia’s population.
This speech by Stanley Melbourne Bruce has recently come into the Museum’s collection. We were very excited to hear it, as none of us had ever heard Bruce’s voice before!
Sometimes Members of Parliament are granted a ‘free vote’, or a ‘conscience vote’ on issues. But what does that mean? Why can’t they always vote however they like? Researcher Campbell has dug up the facts.
Guess what happened when an artist and a poet got cheeky with some beautiful hand-lettered timber signage?
Does it ever feel like we’ve just got over the last election before the next one looms? This week, yet again, there is talk of replacing three year parliamentary terms with four. Would it be better? Here’s the low down.
Which of the first 8 PMs would you most like to hang out with? Here are some little known insights that might help you decide.
There are a number of factors that will make you ineligible for parliament… we’ve collated a handy list.
With their newfound hero personae, our superheroes embarked on an adventure-filled mission around the Museum. Can they save the world?
What does it take to accept, care for, prepare and display a museum object? The journey of Neville Bonner’s bark painting from Palm Island to exhibition at the museum is a fascinating one.
Just twelve years after the end of the Second World War Australia conferred ‘most-favoured nation’ with regard to tariffs on its former enemy, Japan.
Come into the storeroom with Ashley Tenison, our collection object-whisperer, as she shows us her top picks from our latest exhibition, Finders Keepers.
‘I couldn’t possibly!’ Curators were hard pressed to pick a favourite object from the diverse and surprising personal collections in our new exhibition Finders Keepers.
Museums are not just about objects and visitor numbers; they’re about social outcomes that make our cultures and communities better for all. It is for this reason that we were thrilled to host last night’s Canberra/Goulburn St Vinnie’s CEO Sleepout.
What are some of the most notable and curious nicknames for Australia’s prime ministers? This blog post explores the unusual epithets given to our leaders, from Tosspot Toby to the Silver Bodgie.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of one of Australia’s iconic feature films: ‘The Castle’. It‘s a comedy with a message.
Author and Journalist Paul Daley discusses life, politics, gun-control and ties with former National Party Leader the Hon. Tim Fischer.
The handshakes, points, touches and other gestures that made a statement in Australian history.