National Archives of Australia
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.
You can find the Archives' National Office by entering through the main entrance at OPH, on King George Terrace. Our reading room and helpful staff are located on the main floor on the House of Representatives side. You can also visit the Charters of Our Nation exhibition, where you can see facsimiles of some of Australia’s most significant records – those that record the events leading to Federation and the founding of the Commonwealth of Australia.
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