National Archives of Australia

Holding a nation's memories

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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.

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. 

At A Glance

Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes
Canberra ACT 2600
02 6212 3600

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