Within hours of Gough Whitlam’s death on 21 October tributes were reverentially laid on the front steps of historic Old Parliament House.
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Journalist and author Paul Daley reflects on Edward Gough Whitlam AC QC
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.
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.
There are some events that are imprinted indelibly in our minds. For me, the first visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Australia 60 years ago still conjures up vivid memories—I saw her not once, but three times!
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.
It’s been an action packed year of exhibitions and activities for the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.
Two parts of my life collided on Saturday. My workplace, Old Parliament House, and my preferred mode of transport, a Geopolis 250 Scooter.
The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela: ‘Madiba’, the father of South African democracy.
My internship at the Australian Prime Ministers Centre at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House
As part of the Australian National Internships program at the ANU, I’ve been lucky enough to spend the past 13 weeks at the Australian Prime Ministers Centre at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.
To those unfamiliar with the luminaries of the first two decades of Australian federal politics, even a casual glance at the photographs of the era’s protagonists reveals an obvious and unmistakable distinction from later generations of politicians.
News just in from the Museums Australia conference in Adelaide, our Marnti warajanga – a walk together travelling exhibition has won the Museums and Galleries National Award for the level 3 category ($150,000 to $500,000) temporary exhibition.
Discovering Mildenhall’s Canberra is a collaborative website between the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House and the National Archives of Australia.
A recently acquired example of Suffragette Jewellery
In January the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) ran a series of workshops in which children of all ages created their own version of a Federation arch—out of Lego!
The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House was named best tourism operation under the Heritage and Cultural Tourism category at the 2010 Canberra and Capital Region Tourism Awards, held on 2 December 2010.
Uncensored Conversations is a speaker series that could only take place in a true democracy. In May and June 2010, the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House will host a forum that will see well-known Australians share their thoughts on the hottest topics shaping our democracy. Limited seats. Register now.
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!
On 13 October 2009 Senator the Hon Joe Ludwig, Cabinet Secretary and Special Minister of State, announced the recipients of 9 Australian Prime Ministers Centre Fellowships for 2009-2010. Now in its third year, the APMC Research and Scholarship Program is proving to be a valuable—and popular—initiative.