Chris Lacey was born in Tasmania in 1948 and is a grandson of Joe and Dame Enid Lyons.
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NAIDOC Week gives us an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1948, ultimately included many of the rights Evatt insisted on including creative expression, reasonable working conditions and access to education.
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.
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.
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.
Some prime ministerial homes remain suspended in time, preserved as domestic wunderkammer; but most are handed on like any other home, sold to the highest bidder, renovated or remodelled.
During 1915 there was heated parliamentary debate on a piece of controversial legislation which still has resonance a century later—the War Precautions Act.
Anne Lynch was the first female Deputy Clerk of the Australian Senate.
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.
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?’
As one of only two women in federal parliament, Senator Dorothy Tangney was by all accounts a strong personality, not easily cowed by her more numerous male colleagues.
Australian Prime Ministers Centre summer scholars Khylie Daws from Deakin University and Andrew Kelly from the University of Western Sydney have spent the summer in the 1950s.
On 8 March this year women around the world celebrated forty years since International Women’s Year.
Marcie Cowell moved to Canberra in 1946 and worked as a telephonist for six months at Parliament House. Here she talks about the nature of her work on the switchboards.