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.
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The Museum has some astonishing, beautiful, rare, significant and downright weird things in its collection. To that end, let us show you the Arthur Calwell collection.
Remember the days when people wrote with their bare hands? We recently put on display in our Prime Ministers of Australia gallery some private writings by Alfred Deakin.
In this old place—especially at night—poetry hangs in the hallways, sometimes like a picture, sometimes like a noose.
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.
Ray Millikin, a teacher at the Orana Steiner School, is currently using the research collection at the museum to develop a unit of work on the Whitlam Dismissal for classroom use in the context of the Events in Australian Politics component of the new ACT Global Studies curriculum.
Having worked at Old Parliament House since 2006, before the Museum of Australian Democracy existed, I’ve often had a small role in assisting with exhibitions—mostly doing research for text panels or for objects on display. But the Art is a Weapon exhibition, due to open in December 2012, is the first one with which I’ve had this level of involvement.
The release last week of Jenny Hocking’s second part of her two part biography of Australia’s 21st prime minister, Gough Whitlam has re-invigorated debate around the events of the dismissal of Whitlam’s government on 11 November 1975.
As the new school term begins and we here in Community Learning tuck our school holiday programs away for a winter hibernation, we thought you might like to know a little more about the philosophies that underpin them.
On our last day in Washington DC we squeezed in one last discussion meeting with Jeff Meade from the National Postal Museum (one of the Smithsonian group) which is located right next to the famous Union Station. The opportunity to discuss and experience the Mobile Ed Lab was too wonderful to pass up.
The recent election of Campbell Newman as Queensland Premier offers the museum a chance to remind visitors of his role as the next generation of a remarkable political family.
The Australian Prime Ministers Centre is delighted to announce the Summer Scholarships recipients for 2011-12 are Hannah Altern, Guy Betts and Bethany Peddlesden-Phillips.
I’m not sure why I kept the empty old port bottle, with the label describing it as “Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific Port”. It goes back a long way: to my years growing up in Brunswick, Melbourne, and to my father’s involvement in the local branch of the Australian Labor Party.
Our Prime Facts series of short information leaflets has proved a highly popular feature of the museum and its website. The series is constantly expanding; in addition to covering the 27 people who have been Prime Minister, there are fact sheets on Australia’s system of government, elections, Deputy Prime Ministers, Governors-General, the Prime Ministers’ wives and more.
Each year the Australian Prime Ministers Centre supports a number of research projects into the history, origins, traditions and practice of Australian democracy, with a focus on Australia’s prime ministers.
In this oral history excerpt, veteran journalist, Wallace ‘Wal’ Brown, recalls how Prime Minister Robert Menzies gave him a scoop – without saying a word!
The recent decision that Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, will need to vacate the Lodge while urgent renovations are undertaken reminds us that the PM’s official Canberra residence is as old as Old Parliament House, home of the museum and jewel in its collection.
Elizabeth (‘Lizzy’) Scott was the hairdresser in the provisional Parliament House from 1978 to 1988, when the parliament moved to its permanent building. She continued her role in the new Parliament House until 2002.
Probably the most common type of enquiry received by the research staff at the Australian Prime Ministers Centre are family history enquiries. If there is a parliamentarian in your family tree, we can help you find out about their political career.