Under the Australian Archives Act 1983 most Commonwealth records are opened to public scrutiny after twenty years (this was reduced from thirty years in 2010). But the Act also defines ‘exempt’ records that can be withheld from the public for a variety of reasons, including the defence of national security, and the protection of individual privacy. Access under the Act is not an inevitable destination, but a process that may result in records with the access status of ‘closed’.
Here you can explore these closed files. Why can't we look at them? How old are they? What are we really being protected against?
BE WARNED! This is a work in progress. It's part of an ongoing research project by Tim Sherratt (@wragge). As a result, this interface is likely to change. That said, pretty much everything should work, so feel free to poke around and see what you can find. Have fun!
|Series||Control Symbol||Title||Contents dates|
|C139||CX106517||CHAMBERLAIN, Leonard Herbet [Repatriation pension file] [1.5cm; box A6528]||1952 - 1988|
|A816||48/302/13||Wireless transmitting equipment held by Mr W.B. Bestman (or Bessman), Gympie, Qld.||1941 - 1941|
|MP114/1||MANGAN J||MANGAN, Joseph. 14||1929 - 1929|
|A816||37/301/131||Dept. of Defence. Electric Cable Inquiry, Letters etc.||1941 - 1942|
|A7822||GO.18 PART 2||Torque||1974 - 1975|
|D3185||151||Torrens Island Quarantine Station photograph 151 - [portion of title exempt] rash about April 9 photo April 13 1926||1926 - 1926|
|AWM255||18 PART 6||[Pathology and bacteriology] - Card index to collection of surgical and pathological specimens illustrating the effects of modern warfare collected by Australian War Records Section - Index to specimens alphabetical by surname a-y [duplicates]||1918 - 1920|
|A1838||3008/11/147||Burma - Relations with India||1959 - 1971|
|A13147||NSR 585||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (General) Regulations. Reg 54 (DQ.1-56); Reg 55 (DQ.57-58)||22 Feb 1943 - 12 Mar 1943|
|D1915||SA12267||SCUTELLA Giovanni - application for naturalisation||1943 - 1951|
|A431||1971/469||The Environment of the 80's||1964 - 1988|
|MT1214/1||349/116/663||Robert A. Sanderson O.N. 19905||1939 - 1939|
|A1838||TS175/11/20/8 PART 1||Middle East Intelligence and military situation reports||1956 - 1957|
|A3963||S1/2/4||Amoco Australia Pty. Ltd. 18.6.76 -||1976 - 1976|
|AWM239||MS6||RAN Medical Officers' Journals: Australian Mine Sweepers - COLAC (6 January 1942 - 30 September 1945); COOTAMUNDRA (30 April 1943 - 24 November 1945); COWRA (8 October 1943 - 31 December 1946)||1942 - 1946|
|A1838||3107/40/147 PART 13||China - Relations with India||1962 - 1962|
|D399||S1986/50095||Surplus welfare officers||1986 - 1988|
|A452||1973/2855||French Nuclear tests in the Pacific area [0.5cm]||1972 - 1973|
|K60||HKM32775||CRAIG, Robert Harvey - Service Number - 5/1770||1953 - 1984|
|C139||MX52369||Robert Irving WEBB [Repatriation medical case file] [Box 26733]||1940 - 1978|