Every election you see people out in force wearing t-shirts to reflect their political colours and support their candidate of choice. Our researcher Campbell shows off some of the t-shirts in the museum collection and why they matter to our democracy.
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A post about the life and work of Neville Bonner and how the museum remembers his contribution.
This election season, the Museum will be showing examples from its collection of how elections have been fought in Australian history. This week, our researcher Campbell examines ten badges that show aspects of historical election campaigns and what they mean for democracy.
Fifty years ago, one of the most fundamental aspects of Australians’ lives underwent a radical transition.
Seen the film Suffragette? Meet Charlotte Blacklock, a suffragette who was willing to put her body, her mind, her very existence on the line for women’s rights to participate in public and political life.
The Museum of Australian Democracy collection contains Christmas cards for almost every year of Malcolm Fraser’s prime ministership.
Mary Riek was born in Hobart, Tasmania, in 1927. Mary worked in the Parliamentary Library in 1948 and again in 1966-67.
A small story, perfectly formed—thanks to Trove, the Australian War Memorial, good old Google and some New Jersey librarians.
NAIDOC Week gives us an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.
At the Museum of Australian Democracy we’re interested in exploring how cloth and clothing encodes, embodies and expresses power: who has it, in what context, and why.
Meg Mather-Brown was born in 1937 and was a grand-daughter of Sir Earle Page, Australia’s 11th Prime Minister.
Henry Parkes is known as Australia’s ‘Father of Federation’ as one of the leading figures in our progress to nationhood that was achieved in 1901.
Anne Lynch was the first female Deputy Clerk of the Australian Senate.
A trend is developing of having increasing numbers of political parties, both in the Parliament and contesting elections.
The Museum of Australian Democracy has recently acquired a very significant object for its collection - the tally board used from 1980 to 2010 to display the results of Federal elections at Exhibition Park in Canberra.
On 8 March this year women around the world celebrated forty years since International Women’s Year.
Marcie Cowell moved to Canberra in 1946 and worked as a telephonist for six months at Parliament House. Here she talks about the nature of her work on the switchboards.
In this oral history excerpt, Marjorie Johnson talks about her father who was a gardener and ‘ganger’ of workers on the preparation of the National Rose Garden at the front of Parliament House in the 1930s.
With the fabrication finalised, and all the objects chosen and ready to go, it was time for the last task: installation.
In the second of a series of ‘behind the scenes’ blog posts, Campbell Rhodes shares some of the experiences and challenges of putting this exhibition together.