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History

Find information and resources on Australia's history. For Indigenous history see Indigenous culture and history.

Australia's Prime Ministers

Provides information about the life and times of Australia's prime ministers from 1901 to the present.

National Archives of Australia

Australian Constitution

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The Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act. Includes a link to Australia’s Constitution pocket edition : with overview and notes by the Australian Government Solicitor (92KB PDF).

Parliament of Australia

Billy Hughes at war

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William Morris Hughes (Billy Hughes) was Prime Minister during the First World War.  Learn about Billy Hughes, the conscription debate and Australia's involvement in the peace negotiations.

Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

Centenary of Australian Antarctic Expeditions

Learn about the first Australasian Antarctic Expedition led by Sir Douglas Mawson, and 100 years of Australian Antarctic expeditions.

Australian Antarctic Division

Constitution for a Nation

The story of the tumultuous years (1890–1900) of the creation of the Constitution, the people, the conventions, the arguments, the passion and the politics that created the Australian constitution.

National Archives of Australia

Defining democracy

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Explores the concept of democracy in the Australian context.

Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

Documenting a Democracy – Australia's story

Tells the story of Australia through the documents which give our national, state and territory governments the right to govern. Explains Australia's primary constitutional documents and traces the shaping of Australian democracy and citizenship.

National Archives of Australia

Election Speeches

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Collection of speeches by successful and unsuccessful Prime Ministerial candidates from every election from 1901 up to the present day. More than just historical records; they tell us about national concerns and political obsessions.

Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

Exploring Democracy

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Through timelines, trails and people, discover the places, people and events that have shaped the Australian nation.

Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

Magna Carta (Great Charter), 1297 Parliament House, Canberra

Online exhibition on the Australian Parliament’s 1297 Inspeximus issue of Magna Carta. Includes a translation and notes on Magna Carta and the law, and Magna Carta and Parliament.

Department of the Senate

Magna Carta and Modern Australia

Explore Magna Carta through its clauses or view the stories to discover how people have used this medieval document to shape modern Australia.

Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

MoAD Oral Histories

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The Museum’s oral history collection contains a wealth of personal recollection and insight into the building and its people during the era when it was home to the federal parliament. 

Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

Oral history and folklore

The Library’s oral history and folklore collection dates back to the 1950s and includes a rich and diverse collection of interviews and recordings with Australians from all walks of life.

National Library of Australia

Research guides – maritime history

Provides information about Australia's maritime heritage, sea migrations to Australia and social history relating to Australians at sea.

Australian National Maritime Museum

The Petrov Affair

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Provides an exploration of the people and events surrounding the defection of the Petrovs in 1954-55. This affair had a lasting impact on the Australian political landscape.

Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House