National Archives of Australia

The National Archives of Australia are the National Archives of Australia. The Authority was created by the Australian Government in accordance with the Archives Act 1983 in order to receive state and historically significant documents and protect. The main building is located in the capital, Canberra, and there are branch offices in the capitals of all the states and territories.

Most documents are in paper form. But there are also extensive collections of photographs, posters, maps, architectural drawings, films, plays, sheet music and sound recordings. The main focus of the collection is considered the material that was created by ministries, commissions, authorities, military forces, security services, intelligence services and law enforcement agencies since the founding of Australia in 1901 and the diplomatic message traffic. This material is supplemented by records of governors-general, prime ministers and other government officials.

The main building in Canberra has a permanent exhibition named Charters of Our Nation ( founding documents of our nation ), with the two most important documents of Australian history:

  • The Royal Commission of Assent, signed by Queen Victoria law by which the Commonwealth of Australia was created
  • The original of the Australian Constitution, which forms the basis of Australian law

Besides the main building also changing exhibitions.