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|
|A518||852/1/843||New Guinea Staff. F O Venning (Exempt Officer) [0.5cm]||1940 - 1947|
|C139||CX247050||LUCAS, Philip Cheeseman (Repatriation pension file) [Box A6673]8393]||1956 - 1990|
|A13397||CORLEG 12||Hearings Supplementary Material - Bell/Bond/SGIC||13 Feb 1989 - 31 Jul 1991|
|C139||RX222266||Charles Hartin MARCHANT [Repatriation case file] [Box 6682]||1916 - 1956|
|K26||MX3636||Maurice William Cahill||1944 - 1986|
|C4076||HN16105C||Wingham post office, 1983 [photographic image]: [front view]. 1 photographic negative (3 of 4 images), colour; 35mm, on film strip||1983 - 1983|
|A518||AU813/1/10||ANGPCB [Australian New Guinea Production Control Board] - Stores and trade goods - Motor tyres||1946 - 1952|
|A10028||800/135 PART 2||China - relations with Thailand||1979 - 1980|
|C605||LA28||Headquarters Staff, AWLA [Australian Women's Land Army] - Mrs Anne Vaughan||1942 - 1943|
|A6122||499||Communist Party of Australia - Branches - Victoria Exchange Branch||1949 - 1949|
|A12812||34||Inquiry into commonwealth office block, Alice Springs - Statement of evidence, originating papers, correspondence, unnumbered submissions, briefing papers, final report, tabling details, approval of work||31 Aug 1972 - 26 Jul 1976|
|K60||MKM39850||FRY, George Edward - Service Number - 5/950, WX34889||1942 - 1987|
|C137||R51086||Joseph Alexander ROE [Repatriation case file] [Box A36]||1919 - 1919|
|A13147||NSR 452||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (General) Regulations. Regulation 21 (1). Orders made by the Commissioner of Patents. P 871-1250||16 Apr 1942 - 03 Nov 1942|
|A452||1971/4893||Inter-Departmental committee on internal security arrangements after self government - Papua New Guinea [3cms]||1971 - 1972|
|A452||1973/470||Defence committee meeting - 30 November 1972 - Defence aspects of Papua New Guinea constitutional developments [1cm]||1972 - 1973|
|A6122||1012||Communist Party of Australia - South Australia. Schools||1949 - 1956|
|PP18/1||R8957||ANDERSON, Claude Thomas - Service Number - W16541||1919 - 1957|
|A10028||800/151 PART 3||China : foreign policies and relations with third countries - Vietnam||31 May 1978 - 01 Aug 1978|
|PP872/1||MKM37283 PART 1A||TAYLOR, Harold Benjamin - Service Number - WX34531||1942 - 1953|