National Archives of Australia, Canberra

Reception This Way was a fabulous (temporary) exhibition at the National Archives of Australia.
Reception This Way was a fabulous (temporary) exhibition at the National Archives of Australia.

Holding A Nation’s Memories

The National Archives of Australia describes itself as the memory of the nation, containing millions of records that reflect Australia’s history and identity. If you want to investigate your family history, war service records or migration and citizenship records then here’s where you start. Find out about the sinking of HMAS Sydney in 1941 or the 60-year history of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme.

The archives contain all the country’s government records and its Memory of a Nation exhibition features hundreds of treasures that are fascinating, quirky and moving, including Banjo Patterson’s handwritten sheet music of Waltzing Matilda and the ballot balls used for conscription in the Vietnam War. There is always something different, intriguing and often very unexpected at the National Archives.

If you go:

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes
Canberra ACT 2600
Tel: +61 (0)2 6212 3600

Explore local itineraries via the links below

Canberra Feast of Festivals … Join the year-round fun
Canberra for Culture Vultures … Home to Australia’s main museums and galleries
Canberra’s Art, Design and Craft … Watch artists in action
Canberra for Families … There’s no such thing as being bored with these top things to see and do
Canberra’s Family Dining Scene … Top choices for hungry appetites
Canberra’s Indoor Family Activities … Young imaginations run free
Canberra’s Outdoor Family Adventures … Recreational paradise for big and little kids alike
The Australian Story in Canberra … A city that reflects the national journey

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