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|
|A7919||C100380||Pertosa, Constantino (Army) PWI 57970 - Born: 8 February 1919, San Nicandro Garganico Italy - Captured: 3 January 1941, Bardia Libya - Previously interned: 16 Febuary January 1941, India - Arrived Australia: HARDY, 16 January 1944, Melbourne Victoria - Interned: Kerang Victoria - Departed: OTRANTO, 10 January 1947, for Naples Italy||1941 - 1947|
|A3963||S4/25||Botany Municiple Council||1974 - 1975|
|B73||H119116 PART 1||FIELD Raymond [1.00 cms]||1965 - 1978|
|A9737||1990/1761||Outer Space ONA (Office of National Assessments) Assessments on Anti Satellites (ASATS) and Arms Control||29 May 1985 - 28 Aug 1989|
|A1928||1020/13 SECTION 1||Staff Permanent Central. R.A. Reid Section I||1920 - 1936|
|A10031||821/1 PART 3||Bi-lateral Relations - Australia - Iraq Political and general Relations||1989 - 1990|
|AWM54||179/5/17 PART 1||[Chemical Warfare - Trials:] Far Eastern Technical Unit, Research Section, Pacific Warfare Board - Report No 1, May 1945||1945 - 1945|
|A1838||3127/11/113 PART 2||Korea - Relations with South Vietnam||1966 - 1970|
|PP18/1||RKM32888||GORDON, Ronald Clyde - Service Number - 5/400161||1952 - 1955|
|A6365||JA1975/10-02||Jakarta - 29 - inward cables - 1200 to 1599||1975 - 1975|
|A13397||CORLEG 3||Correspondence - State Government||22 Nov 1988 - 10 Apr 1989|
|PP911/1||MX26544||William Lawrence Jeffery||1941 - 1987|
|E242||K14/2/52 PART 2||Maintenance Claims - Roper Valley Station||1962 - 1974|
|A1533||2011/17291||ROWLAND, Keren Ellen - Missing person||1971 - 1973|
|CP548/1||D250||Imported Soda Ash ICJANZ.||1946 - 1946|
|A1838||563/10/10/10 PART 1||SEATO - trends and highlights in Communist propaganda||1956 - 1957|
|PP930/1||HX54237||Hurbert William O'Neil||1950 - 1992|
|PP870/1||MSR37894||PIESSE Desmond John - Service Number A53900||1961 - 1961|
|A446||1967/66238||CHAN Tong Wai (aka David Chan) born 10 September 1933; Skookyu born 14 October 1963 - Chinese||1961 - 1968|
|PP18/1||R11701||DANAHER, Percy James - Service Number - 2320||1918 - 1955|