Upcoming events

The National Archives has a program of events in Canberra and around the country, including public talks, research workshops and conferences. Browse papers and podcasts from past events.

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Story time at the Archives

Children at a pre-school centre in Canberra.
Children at a pre-school centre in Canberra. (A1200, L58806)

Every Wednesday from 1 February – 5 April, 9.30–10.15am | Canberra

A different story every day. Best suited to pre-schoolers, but children under 5 welcome.

Café open from 8am–4pm.

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT 2600

Free, bookings not required

Introduction to the Archives

Gallipoli strollers town hall poster, 1919.
Gallipoli strollers town hall poster, 1919. (K1203, 12)

Thursday 23 March, 10.30am–12.00pm | Perth

Come along to this informative seminar to discover the range of records in the Archives' collection and how to access them for your own research. Enjoy a tour of the building and a display of records. Tea and coffee provided.

National Archives of Australia
384 Berwick St
East Victoria Park WA 6101

Free, bookings essential: Please call (08) 9470 7500 to reserve a place.

Early settlement of Fort Dundas with Derek Pugh

3rd Regiment Shako plate - Peninsula Douro, at Fort Dundas, Melville Island, 1975-76.
3rd Regiment Shako plate - Peninsula Douro, at Fort Dundas, Melville Island, 1976. (A6180, 13/4/76/20)

Thursday 23 March, 5.30pm | Darwin

Join Derek Pugh, author of The British in Northern Australia: Fort Dundas 1824–29, as he describes his research into colonial plans for the Top End.

Northern Territory Archives Service
Kelsey Crescent
Millner NT

Free, bookings essential:

Bookings through: Eventbrite

Please call Francoise Barr (NT Archives Service) on (08) 8924 7652 for more information

Curators' talks

Lieutenant Reg Saunders (left) and Lieutenant Tom Derrick VC, DCM congratulate each other following their graduation from the Office Cadet Training Unit, Seymour, Victoria, 25 November 1944. Photographer unknown.
Lieutenant Reg Saunders (left) and Lieutenant Tom Derrick VC, DCM congratulate each other following their graduation from the Office Cadet Training Unit, Seymour, Victoria, 25 November 1944. Photographer unknown. (Courtesy: Australian War Memorial)

Friday 24 March | Canberra

A captivating evening with the curators of our new complementary exhibitions.

5.30–6.30pm | Amy Lay – Facing Two Fronts: the fight for respect.

Archives curator Amy Lay explores stories of Indigenous servicemen and women revealed in the exhibition.

6.30pm Refreshments served

7.15–8.15pm | Jean McAuslan – Indigenous Australians at War from the Boer War to the Present.

Curator Jean McAuslan from the Shrine of Rememberance reveals the stories in the exhibition and some of those encountered while touring it around the country.

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT 2600

Free, bookings essential: Please book for one or both of the talks via Eventbrite

Gallery tours

Lieutenant Reg Saunders (left) and Lieutenant Tom Derrick VC, DCM congratulate each other following their graduation from the Office Cadet Training Unit, Seymour, Victoria, 25 November 1944. Photographer unknown.
Lieutenant Reg Saunders (left) and Lieutenant Tom Derrick VC, DCM congratulate each other following their graduation from the Office Cadet Training Unit, Seymour, Victoria, 25 November 1944. Photographer unknown. (Courtesy: Australian War Memorial)

Indigenous Australians at War and Facing Two Fronts

28 March – 30 May | Tuesdays 11am | Thursdays 1pm | Canberra

Join our gallery hosts for a fascinating tour of our two complementary exhibitions, Indigenous Australians at War from the Boer War to the Present (touring from the Shrine of Remembrance) and Facing Two Fronts: the fight for respect.

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT 2600

Free, bookings essential:

Please book for tours via Eventbrite

Contact us by email events@naa.gov.au or Phone (02) 6212 3956

Coming to Australia: researching immigration records at the National Archives

Arriving in Fremantle, 1969.
Arriving in Fremantle, 1969. (A12111, 2/1969/4A/51)

Tuesday 28 March, 5.30–6.30pm | Canberra

Hear moving stories from immigration records and learn more about the range of immigration documents available for your own research. Followed by a tour of the Reading Room to view records.

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT 2600

Free, bookings essential:

Bookings through: Eventbrite

Please call our events team on (02) 6212 3956 or via email at: events@naa.gov.au for more information

Finding the Digger in your family

Margaret Earl, Service Number S65076
Margaret Earl, Service Number S65076 (B884, S65076)

Thursday 13 April, 1–3pm | Adelaide

Learn how to access defence records from the National Archives of Australia.

Boer War attestation papers, WW1 Repatriation files, Courts-Martial proceedings, WW2 Army pay files - the National Archives holds a wealth of Defence related material from 1901 onwards. Come and find out what these records may reveal about the soldier in your family history.

Campbelltown Public Library
171 Montacute Road
Newton, SA

Free, bookings essential: Bookings can be made online

Presented by Nick Gleghorn

Serving Country – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander diggers

Captain Reg Saunders, officer in the Australian Regular Army, 1957.
Captain Reg Saunders, officer in the Australian Regular Army, 1957. (A1200, L22754)

Wednesday 19 and Friday 21 April, 10am–11.30am | Brisbane

Hear about historic challenges and accomplishments experienced by Indigenous soldiers, both in service and on return to civilian life.

National Archives of Australia
16 Corporate Drive
Cannon Hill QLD

Free, bookings essential: Please call our events team on (07) 3249 4200 or via email at: Brisbane.Events@naa.gov.au to book or for more information

Finding the Australian soldier in your family

Members of the Imperial Contingent at Prince Alfred College, Kent Town, Adelaide
Members of the Imperial Contingent at Prince Alfred College, Kent Town, Adelaide (D4477, 436)

This talk is part of the State Library of South Australia's Genealogy Gems series

Thursday 20 April, 1 1–2pm | Adelaide

Learn how to access defence records from the National Archives of Australia.

Boer War attestation papers, WW1 Repatriation files, Courts-Martial proceedings, WW2 Army pay files - the National Archives holds a wealth of Defence related material from 1901 onwards. Come and find out what these records may reveal about the soldier in your family history.

Hetzel Lecture Theatre,
Institute Building
State Library of South Australia
Adelaide SA

Free, bookings essential: Bookings can be made online via Eventbrite

Presented by Nick Gleghorn

Planes, Trains and Camels: Transport at the National Archives

Afternoon Tea on the Trans-Australian Railway
Afternoon Tea on the Trans-Australian Railway (NAA: B3319, 60A)

Wednesday 3 May, 10.30am–12pm | Adelaide

Transport yourself through time with this talk at the National Archives. Explore railway photographs, ship crew lists, patents for bicycle design and aviation history. And of course camels! There will also be a chance to talk to Archives staff and view original records.

Bray Room 1
State Library of South Australia
North Terrace
Adelaide SA

Free, bookings essential: Bookings can be made online at via Eventbrite or by phone on (08) 8204 8787.

Presented by Nick Gleghorn

Yirrkala and the sinking of the Patricia Cam with Michael Owen

Establishing a police post on Elcho Island, Arnhem Land, from personal photographs of the Hon. C L A Abbott (Administrator of the Northern Territory), 1937-1946.
Establishing a police post on Elcho Island, Arnhem Land, from personal photographs of the Hon. C L A Abbott (Administrator of the Northern Territory), 1937-1946. (M10, 2/198)

Tuesday 9 May, 5.30pm | Darwin

Hear heritage expert Michael Owen explore a wartime tragedy and its aftermath in his talk about the loss of HMAS Patricia Cam off the Arnhem Land coast in 1943.

Northern Territory Archives Service
Kelsey Crescent
Millner NT

Free, bookings essential:

Bookings through: Eventbrite

Please call Francoise Barr (NT Archives Service) on (08) 8924 7652 for more information

Beacons by the Sea: Stories of South Australian Lighthouses

Mr Salchany in his lighthouse keepers uniform holding an electric signal lamp - Neptune Island lighthouse in the background
Mr Salchany, lighthouse keeper of Neptune Island, 1963. (NAA: A1200, L43685)

This event is in partnership with Adelaide City Libraries

Friday 12 May, 12.30–1.30pm | Adelaide

Explore the history of South Australian lighthouses through the stories of isolation, family life and tragedy, shipwrecks, natural disasters and changing technology contained in the wealth of lighthouse material held by the National Archives.

Adelaide City Library
Studio 1, Level 3,
Rundle Place, Rundle Mall (enter via Francis Street)
Adelaide SA

Free, bookings essential: Bookings can be made online or by phone on (08) 8203 7990

Inventions that changed (and didn’t change) the world

A technical drawing showing the mechanical details for a two wheel drive bicycle
Percy Hugh Pritchett - Improvements in cycles or velocipedes, 1894. (NAA: AP476/1, 3567)

This event is in partnership with Adelaide City Libraries

Friday 26 May, 12.30–1.30pm | Adelaide

The 19th century was a time of great invention and optimism and this is reflected in the patents registered during this time. Focusing on those patents that were registered in South Australia between 1878 and 1904 this talk examines a range of innovations in areas such as agriculture and industry, cycling and sports, medicine and the home, some of which changed the world and some which certainly didn't.

Adelaide City Library
Studio 1, Level 3
Rundle Place, Rundle Mall (enter via Francis Street)
Adelaide SA

Free, bookings essential: Bookings can be made online or by phone on (08) 8203 7990

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