You can tell a lot about someone from what they buy. Our Prime Ministers of Australia gallery now has on display a selection of Harold Holt’s bank records, kindly lent to us by the National Archives of Australia.
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Jack Jenkins moved to Canberra from Sydney in search of employment as a 19 year-old in 1925. He worked as a carpenter on the construction of Parliament House, and from 1929 to 1966 was the building’s chief maintenance officer.
Issy Wyner recalls the evictions that took place during the Depression, the neighbourliness that helped families cope and the local responses to him as a Jew.
Visitors to the Museum over the summer holidays may have been surprised to see that there was no mace in the House of Representatives.
What do a former policeman, a governor of Bombay, a veteran of the Boer War, a decorated Vietnam veteran, and a Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner all have in common?
The Museum has some astonishing, beautiful, rare, significant and downright weird things in its collection. To that end, let us show you the Arthur Calwell collection.
‘Bores are in a class of infinite variety. But the worst are those who occupy public time.’ So declared Sir George Reid (1845-1918), Australia’s fourth prime minister.
David Muir was born in 1928 and grew up in Canberra. He was a carpenter and joiner in the provisional Parliament House.
…I started to develop the exhibition and gradually, very gradually, the objects began to speak of the excitement, anticipation and pure devotion that was the summer of 1954 and the Queen’s eight week tour of Australia.
The Menzies Memorial Cricket Trophy is on loan to the museum and is presented to the winner of the Prime Minister’s XI cricket match each year.
Noel Flanagan (1917-2009) had a long and distinguished career in the Commonwealth Public Service that included a period as Private Secretary to Arthur Augustus Calwell, the Minister for Immigration, in 1949.
In a series of blog posts, the museum’s curatorial team will take visitors on a journey through many of its collection treasures that have not been seen before.
Terry Larkin worked in the Commonwealth Treasury from 1958 to 1974 and was Private Secretary to Treasurer Harold Holt during the Credit Squeeze of 1960-61.
Were you a smoker when Old Parliament House was the federal parliament? If so, then you were in good company as smoking was common.
What and how we choose to eat can make a statement as pointed as any protest slogan or petition signature.
Heather Bonner (nee Ryan) was the wife of the late Neville Bonner, a Senator in the Federal Parliament between 1971 and 1983.
The Speaker’s Chair, in the House of Representatives chamber, has a number of special features, and the piece is drenched in symbolism.
When gazing at an iconic building it is easy to imagine that it sprang from the earth fully formed or was handed down by a Monty Pythonesque ‘hand of God’. But all great buildings have a messy, unfinished construction stage and nowadays we can document their gestation and growth with mesmerising time lapses. Unconvinced? Google ‘construction time lapse’.
On 6 July 1945 Frank Forde was sworn in as Prime Minister of Australia following the sudden death of John Curtin in office. Six days later he learned Ben Chifley had won the Labor Party leadership, and would become the new Prime Minister. Whatever Forde’s private thoughts, he remained outwardly dignified. ‘I must say a little prayer for Ben’, he said. ‘It’s not an easy job.’
We were thrilled to receive a visit from Sophie Deane and her family yesterday. Sophie took the (by now) well known photo of Julia Gillard that has been adopted for use on Ms Gillard’s Facebook and Twitter pages.