National Archives of Australia

Did you know our nation has a birth certificate?

At the National Archives of Australia students and teachers explore the memories of our nation since Federation with an education programme specially designed for primary and secondary students.

Touch and See—a different way to experience original items

Join our educators to discover a treasure trove of documents about Australian history, civics and citizenship—all relevant to the Australian Curriculum. Learn about Australian history using inquiry and experiential strategies including hands-on activities and role play.

In our one-hour programme students will:

  • Investigate the nation’s founding documents—the Constitution and the Royal Commission of Assent, complete with Queen Victoria’s signature.
  • Become immersed in a fascinating photo wall of images of Australians at work and play, and see how our society has evolved.
  • Try to pass an authentic dictation test that was designed to exclude potential migrants during the early years of Federation.

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Check out our online educational resource, designed to help students and teachers discover yesterday today!

Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes ACT 2600
02 6212 3691
02 6212 3914
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