World Refugee Day is held on June 20 each year. It is an occasion to think about, and recognize, the plight and the resilience of forcibly displaced people around the world.
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In 1952, the Australian Government made a great addition to the nation’s library collection when it acquired an issue of Magna Carta that dated back to 1297.
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.
The Museum is proud to announce the winner of our special category – ‘Australian Democracy’ in the 2014 National History Challenge.
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.
During 1915 there was heated parliamentary debate on a piece of controversial legislation which still has resonance a century later—the War Precautions Act.
A trend is developing of having increasing numbers of political parties, both in the Parliament and contesting elections.
Imagine if Twitter had been around 100 years ago at the time the Anzacs landed at Gallipoli.
It’s not many twelve year olds who can say that their words have been collected by a national cultural institution but that is exactly what has happened to Adele, a student from Telopea Park School.
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.
In 2015, for the first time, the Museum of Australian democracy at Old Parliament House is partnering with the Whitlam Institute to ask year 5-12 students in the ACT and NSW ‘What matters?’
On 8 March this year women around the world celebrated forty years since International Women’s Year.
On Friday 13 February, Faith Bandler AC passed away at the age of 96.
With the passing of the Hon. Tom Uren (1921-2015), Australia has a lost a remarkable and dedicated political figure. The Museum pays tribute to Mr. Uren and his long, extraordinary life and career.
Seven-hundred-and-fifty years ago, on 20th January 1265, an English Parliament was convened without the permission of the king. This seems unexceptional today but back then it was a revolutionary act, challenging royal authority.
November 15 saw the death of former Fraser government minister Reginald Greive ‘Reg’ Withers at the age of 90.
On 3rd December, 160 years ago, gold miners at the Eureka Lead in Ballarat, Victoria, lost an armed battle against police and British troopers at a hastily built stockade.
I chose four case studies for this research, namely Billy Hughes, Sir Robert Menzies, Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser…
Harry Evans was the longest serving Clerk of the Senate, serving from 1988 to 2009. Born at Lithgow in 1946, he died in Canberra on 7 September 2014.
The English comedian, Tony Hancock, once quipped: ‘Does Magna Carta mean nothing to you? Did she die in vain? That brave Hungarian peasant girl who forced King John to sign the pledge at Runnymede and close the boozers at half past ten!’ With the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta just around the corner, one hopes that most people would understand Hancock’s joke.