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.
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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.
In this oral history excerpt, Marjorie Johnson talks about her father who was a gardener and ‘ganger’ of workers on the preparation of the National Rose Garden at the front of Parliament House in the 1930s.
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…
Jean Salisbury was born in Melbourne in 1922 and died in Canberra in 2014.
Since the passing of Gough Whitlam, many have remembered him for his words, wisdom and trademark ‘whitticisms’. But Whitlam’s way with words was no accident…
With the fabrication finalised, and all the objects chosen and ready to go, it was time for the last task: installation.
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.
In the second of a series of ‘behind the scenes’ blog posts, Campbell Rhodes shares some of the experiences and challenges of putting this exhibition together.
In the first of a series of behind the scenes blog posts, Curatorial officer Campbell Rhodes shares some of the experiences and challenges of putting this exhibition together.
Brian Walshe was an attendant in the House of Representatives in Parliament House from 1980 to 1988.
The bombing of the Hilton Hotel in Sydney on 13 February 1978 was a shocking case of domestic terrorism.
Barry Lyons was born at Burnie, Tasmania, in 1928, and is the oldest surviving son of former Prime Minister Joe Lyons and Enid Lyons.
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.
Former Prime Minister Stanley Melbourne Bruce told Dame Enid Lyons in 1932 that her husband lacked all of the essential qualities to be a Prime Minister.
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.
It all started at the beginning of a summer scholarship at the Museum of Australian Democracy. I spent much of the first week soaking up the atmosphere, walking in the footsteps of the heroes and villains from my research.