Ideas and resources

Some examples from the Museum’s website that explore Legends, Fact and History in Australia’s democracy:

  • Marnti warajanga—a walk together. This exhibition explores how the people of the Pilbara have engaged with democratic processes and movements.
  • Art is a Weapon explores how the Eureka story, legend and iconography have been used by groups and causes of all political flavours to spread their message.
  • Harold Holt. Harold Holt’s disappearance while swimming in 1967 has given rise to a number of theories.

You might also get some ideas for researching Legendary Australian people and events by looking at our Exploring Democracy website. For example:

For further ideas and resources:

A link to Canberra’s centenary:

  • King O’Malley a member of the Federation Parliament and a controversial character. Debate continues regarding his role in the foundation of Canberra as the Federal Capital.

The National History Challenge is a research-based competition for students. More information is available on the National History Challenge site.

Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

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Parkes ACT 2610

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