How did Australian politicians of the nineteenth century campaign, in the days before today’s pervasive electronic media? They went to where people gathered in their daily lives, and held political meetings in gathering places such as pubs, Mechanic’s Institutes, and open air venues such as a local park or even under a particular tree.
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Just as visitors to museums may develop an attachment to certain objects, so too do curators. Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House curator Corinne Perkins loves the Cromwell coin, which dates back to the period of the English Civil Wars (1642-52).
Update: Congratulations to Ethan from Dunlop ACT, aged 7, who won our January promotion of a $500 voucher to Toys R Us from the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Congratulations Ethan!
The awards for the winners of the 2009 National History Challenge were presented on 24 November, 2009. The Australian Prime Ministers Centre at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House sponsored a special category in this year’s challenge: ‘Australian Prime Ministers: Triumph over Adversity’.
Now available for free download, Getting it Together: From Colonies to Federation, is a resource for students to actively discover and explore the story of Federation: the social and political journey that led the people of six separate colonies to agree on a Constitution which brought the nation of Australia and its federal parliament into being in 1901.
On 15 November, the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House will be holding the second of our interactive role playing tours, reconstructing the final hours of the Whitlam government by retracing the steps of the key players.
The idea of a Museum of Australian Democracy was one which was developed over more than 20 years and many people had a hand in bringing the idea of such an institution to fruition.
As Australia went onto a war footing, seventy years ago the Australian Parliament readied itself for action. Today, the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House remembers the beginning of the Second World War.
We’ve recently acquired an important item for our collection. The photo album, ‘Views of Sydney’, is a handsome leather-bound volume of photographs, largely of Federation arches, taken in Sydney and Melbourne in 1901.
Democracy isn’t something we have, it’s something we do. This is the premise behind the new exhibition Living Democracy: The Power of the People.
The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House opened on the weekend of 9 May 2009.
Steve Cannane, Tracey Spicer, Jeffery Robertson and Bianca Dye will be debating Does ‘work/life balance’ exist for Australians today?
The official opening of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House will be from 11.00am – 11.30am on 9 May on the front steps of Old Parliament House.
Voting at the What’s on your mind? website enters a new phase: find out more in the latest edition of Run of the house
The latest issue of the Old Parliament House newsletter, ‘Run of the House’, is now available for download.
Scheduled to open on 9 May 2009, the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House will be Australia’s first museum dedicated to telling the story of our democracy