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National Archives of Australia

Category: Organisation
Binomial Name: Australian Commonwealth Government
Sub Category:Statutory Body
Summary Information:
The National Archives of Australia cares for valuable Commonwealth government records and make them available to the public.
The records held in the National Archives of Australia trace the events and decisions that have shaped the nation. They hold the papers of Governors-General, Prime Ministers and Ministers. They also have Cabinet documents, Royal Commission files and departmental records on defence, immigration, security and intelligence, naturalisation, and many other issues involving the federal government.
The main focus of the collection is records created since the formation of the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. Some nineteenth-century records are also available relating to functions that were transferred by the colonies to the Commonwealth government, including shipping and post offices.
While most records in the collection are files, there are also significant holdings of photographs, posters, maps, architectural drawings, films, play scripts, musical scores and sound recordings.
This vast collection is a rich resource for the study of Australian history, Australian society and the Australian people and is accessible to all.
The head office is located in Canberra and there are offices in each State capital and in Darwin. The collection is dispersed in these offices across Australia.

Related Entries

  • Memorandum of Understanding between National Archives of Australia and the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency - Signatory
  • Memorandum of Understanding between National Archives of Australia and Northern Territory Aboriginal People - Signatory
  • Legislation
  • Archives Act 1983 (Cth)

  • Glossary

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