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National Archives of Australia

Queen Victoria Terrace | Old Parliament House, Canberra 2600, Australia
+61 2 6212 3600
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My parents migrated from London in 1958 when I was 12. I was able to find the ship's records of SS... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2017
eillamo
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Canberra, Australia
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Patting our backs to find a bus route that stops directly outside the East Block, we found the door... read more

Reviewed 18 September 2017
schafer65
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Brisbane, Australia
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The National Archives of Australia can best be described as the memory of our nation – collecting and preserving Australian Government records that reflect our history and identity. Our collection traces events and decisions that have shaped the nation and the lives of Australians. Visitors are welcome to explore our collection, online or in person, to learn more. As well as preserving our history, the National Archives plays a key role in helping to ensure the Australian Government and its departments are effective and accountable to the people.
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Queen Victoria Terrace | Old Parliament House, Canberra 2600, Australia
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

My parents migrated from London in 1958 when I was 12. I was able to find the ship's records of SS Orontes, our names and cabin numbers on the manifests, as well as the name of the Captain and the Ship's Doctor! Also found my...More

Thank eillamo
Reviewed 18 September 2017

Patting our backs to find a bus route that stops directly outside the East Block, we found the door closed to tourists. One day too late. Checked their website when we got home and info was there: “From close of business on Sunday 17 September...More

Thank schafer65
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

Visited on a weekend, so free parking. Interesting exhibits. With great history. One slight issue the first exhibits lighting was low which means that some older patrons might find it hard to see/read the exhibits, I know my father did.

Thank frances m
Reviewed 29 August 2017

I have lived in Canberra for over 30 years but never had the opportunity or the inclination to pay a visit to the National Archives of Australia. Today, I visited the NAA to view the Gough Whitlam exhibition and it was only then I realised...More

Thank gdesilva
Reviewed 19 August 2017

If you want to see our founding documents.. how Australia got started.. go to NAA. Definitely ask for a tour.. else it might just seem like a pile of papers. They have regular exhibitions here too.. just so interesting.

Thank lois g
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Excellent presentation. In a short time this government set up so much for the future and the display gave a very interesting history on the legislation that was passed. Much was achieved during this period which gave many rights we have today. As we didn't...More

Thank Mark S
Reviewed 19 July 2017

This is an interesting place to visit. The displays are detailed and informative. Allow at least 2-3 hours.

Thank Poriruacruiser
Reviewed 18 July 2017

The National Archives in Queen Victoria Terrace is often overlooked by visitors and Canberrans alike, yet this lovely heritage building, which was originally Canberra's post office, houses treasures from the Archives' world-class collection. You can discover Australia's history through exhibitions, events and photographs. I enjoyed...More

Thank Tiziana D
Reviewed 16 July 2017

Well worth a visit, the entry is free. The day we were there (Sunday) there is no cafe facilities open. The foyer has an interesting interactive visual display of different aspects of Australian life such as sport, music and culture. Don't allow too much time...More

1  Thank michandmal
Reviewed 3 July 2017

The National Archives located in the wonderful "Parliamentary Triangle" is an informative and interesting place to add to your list of must-do in Canberra. The ACT Bus #81 (stand 10) goes past the Archives. The range of information on display is wonderful, interactive touch screens...More

1  Thank Spenceclan
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