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.
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Today is Australian National Flag day, the day on which we celebrate with pride the anniversary of our flag first being unfurled on 3 September 1901. And this year we can also celebrate another significant anniversary. It is the 60th anniversary of our National Flag.
On 28 June 1914, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, was shot and killed by a Serbian radical in Sarajevo, setting off a chain of events that plunged the world into what was the bloodiest war in recorded history.
The bombing of the Hilton Hotel in Sydney on 13 February 1978 was a shocking case of domestic terrorism.
Paul Davey was Federal Director of the National Party of Australia from 1983 to 1992. Born in England in 1947, he migrated to Australia in 1966.
If you were a woman in England at the beginning of the 20th century it took march after march, demonstration after demonstration, hunger strike after hunger strike.
Visitors to the Museum over the summer holidays may have been surprised to see that there was no mace in the House of Representatives.
In 1895, South Australia became the first place in the world to give women both the right to vote and to stand as candidates for election. We are proud to now have on display in our Designing Democracy gallery a section of the petition that helped make history.
The first time I actually laid eyes on the Old Parliament House I fell in love with its architecture. It is a remarkable piece of history and incredible also is the story of why I journeyed to Canberra.
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 Speaker’s Chair, in the House of Representatives chamber, has a number of special features, and the piece is drenched in symbolism.
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.
News-watchers might have heard about US Senator Ted Cruz and his 21-hour long filibuster to the Senate on September 24. The last filibuster in the Australian Parliament was in 1918 when ALP Senator Albert Gardiner spoke for over 12 hours.
On 15th September the museum will be celebrating the United Nations International Day of Democracy. This day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007, when it ‘encouraged governments to strengthen national programs devoted to the promotion and consolidation of democracy’.
The museum now has two brand new websites, showing off aspects of our art collection. One concerns the work of John Frith, the other the work of a Melbourne socialist art community.
On this day 50 years ago, the Rev Dr Martin Luther King jr gave one of the greatest speeches in American history, one that resonated with oppressed people around the globe.
What type of world do you live in? Our increasing interconnectivity through technology or international policy issues puts forward an argument that we need to look beyond our immediate surroundings: that we need to think Global.
Can a guitar be a national treasure? Can a song change the way people think?
I Was Only 19 (A Walk in the Light Green) is one of Australia’s most iconic songs. First released in 1983, this account of a soldier’s experiences of the Vietnam War—and its traumatic aftermath—topped charts, won awards and still packs a punch some thirty years after its creation.
This Thursday 11 July the museum will celebrate NAIDOC week with a look at the life of the first Indigenous Member of Parliament, Neville Bonner. Senior Historian Libby Stewart will talk about the early life and parliamentary career of this extraordinary man in a talk illustrated with images and objects owned by Neville Bonner, now held in the museum’s collections.