UFO sightings, raunchy songs and ASIO targets are just some of the intriguing items to feature in Memory of a Nation, a new exhibition at the National Archives of Australia.
Visitors can also discover surprising snippets about Mae West, Don Bradman and Jimmy Barnes and have a tantalising glimpse of Australian society over the years.
‘This exhibition celebrates the people and events that have shaped our nation,’ said Ross Gibbs, Director-General of the National Archives of Australia.
Memory of a Nation brings to light some of
As well as seeing the nation’s ‘birth certificate’ signed by Queen Victoria and learning more about the High Court, visitors can read an official memo arguing against female appointments, because ‘a spinster lady can turn into something of a battleaxe with the passing years’. They can see how early governments safeguarded the morals of the people, censoring indecent books and songs, and also discover the green movement’s infancy, with the battle to save
‘We’re very proud of this exhibition which has been two years in the making,’ said Ross Gibbs. ‘With 80 million items in safekeeping, the National Archives aims to reunite people with their past and ensure Australians have easy access to their collective national memory.’
One of the most eye-catching features of the exhibition is a wall display of 227 photographs depicting Australian life over the past 100 years. From country kids to fashionable women, the national photo album provides an insight into how
Memory of a Nation is opening at the National Archives of Australia in
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