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:
- The Barcaldine Shearer’s Strike. An early event in the development of the Labor Party
- Catherine Helen Spence, the first woman to stand for Parliament
- Vincent Lingiari led the Wave Hill Cattle Station’s Aboriginal employees in a strike for more equitable pay and conditions.
For further ideas and resources:
- Visit the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House or the museum website.
- Continue your research at the Museum of Australian Democracy’s Australian Prime Ministers Centre or visit the website.
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.