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A partnership exhibition based on a concept developed by the State Library of NSW.
Until 15 November | Free entry
National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes ACT
STORIES OF OUR SOLDIERS
AT GALLIPOLI -- IN THEIR
'Writing home' by HC Marshall, 1914--15.
Image from the State Library of NSW collection (PXA 1861)
"Some of our gi s include
benches and outdoor sculptures --
they re integrated into the fabric of
the building. Even the coat of arms
on the front of the building was
a gi from New South Wales on
the opening of Parliament House.
Some of the trees and bushes in
the gardens were also gi ed."
Some of the objects gathered
to be part of the exhibition have
never been on display before, and
they include everything from
enormous French tapestries and
crystal servingware to a perfume
bottle from China painted with a
miniature likeness of John Howard
and a portrait of Julia Gillard
made entirely from Vietnamese
co ee beans.
" e gi s range from the
absolutely beautiful to the weird
and wacky," Van Mourik says.
Once you ve had your ll of gi s,
wander over to see arguably the
most well-known pieces in the
Parliament House Art Collection
-- the o cial Prime Ministerial
portraits. is year, for the rst
time, all 25 portraits will be on
"We could not be more excited
to have all of the Prime Ministers
portraits come back to Parliament
House," Northey says.
" is includes the large portraits
of the early Prime Ministers that
were at Old Parliament House,
including Alfred Deakin, Edmund
Barton and Andrew Fisher."
e returning portraits are being
hung, very appropriately, around
Tom Roberts famed Big Picture
which depicts the opening of
the rst Australian Parliament
in 1901, in the foyer to the Main
Committee Room in the heart of
"It s a fantastic opportunity to
see the portraits and the Roberts
in context, as they have never been
seen before," Northey says.
On top of these special spring
events, Parliament House will
be running its regular tours for
tourists, locals and school groups
looking to immerse themselves in
Australia s political hub.
Kick o your visit with a
welcome tour -- these run ve
times a day and are led by
knowledgeable visitor services
o cers who can regale you with
countless facts about the building.
If you re the sort of person that
can t get enough of the political
aspect, there are the more in-depth
Discover Parliament House Tours,
and as a special celebration of the
800th anniversary of Magna Carta,
Parliament House is currently
holding Modern Day Magna
Carta tours and Exploring Magna
Carta family tours. Hosted by
lovable character Professor Peevey,
the family tour allows children
to dress up and really immerse
themselves in medieval history
while learning about democracy
and examining Parliament s own
copy of the 13th century document.
"Everyone gets to be a character
-- you could be King Edward I, a
baron, a knight, or you could be a
serf," Northey laughs.
If it s a sitting week you can
then pop into the Senate or the
House of Representatives to
see politicians at work during
Question Time (the House lls up
fast, so visitors are advised to book
their place in advance).
Where: Parliament House
When: Throughout spring
Check it out
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