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On Walkabout In: The Australian National Archives

If you are into history or would just like to learn a little bit more about Australia an interesting place to visit in Canberra is the National Archives building:


The National Archives holds a number of important documents from the founding of the nation along with documents and diagrams that proclaimed various laws and proclamations passed during the country’s history.

An example of this is this diagram below of the sketch that won the competition to design the nation’s capitol:


During my visit to the National Archives they had a special display of war time propaganda posters used in Australia:



Most of them were pretty interesting to look at but the funniest one I saw was this poster:


The display said that the Australian government during World War II had to display these propaganda posters because the American soldiers stationed in Australia were constantly getting in fights with the Australian soldiers over women.

The archives also had this propaganda poster from the aftermath of 9/11:


These posters were supposedly put up around America after 9/11 but this is the first time I have seen one. I wouldn’t call The National Archives a must see location in Canberra but it is an interesting place to check out if you have a deep interest in history and some time to waste in Canberra.

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