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|
|A1838||3107/38 PART 23||China - Relations with Australia||1978 - 1980|
|D4091||N/1/32||New South Wales Case Files - Edward James MURRAY: N/1/115 Two photographs of contrasting colours - one photo marked exhibit 9B [Box 8]||1981 - 1981|
|AWM93||2/5/19C/1 PART 9||[Australian War Memorial registry file:] Buildings and Accommodation - AWM Canberra. Roll of Honour - Lists of names to be inscribed, forwarded by Repatriation Department Melbourne||1959 - 1961|
|E72||DL2325||Eilbracht Shirley Dawn and Gerald Frederic [Portion of Title Expunged] Suzanne Marie Pope||1953 - 1953|
|A432||1932/647||Financial Agreements Enforcement Acts 1932 New South Wales Totalisator Tax Lachlan Picnic Race Club||1932 - 1932|
|CP548/1||225||J.G. Turner Pty. Ltd. - Fruit Pulp Tins||1946 - 1946|
|PP904/1||MX18862 VOL 1||BRIDGES Ernest Leslie Russell WX6892||1940 - 1961|
|C137||R37582||John Schofield DAVISON [Repatriation case file] [Box A625]||1919 - 1919|
|A13147||NSR 265||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (General) Regulations. Heating and Cooking Appliances (Control of Manufacture) Order. Heating and Cooking Order (No 3). Regulation 59||13 Apr 1943 - 17 Jul 1944|
|A1838||3107/38/5 PART 13||China - Relations with Australia - Economic & Trade Relations - including Civil Aviation||1973 - 1974|
|B4418||ELLIOT R||ELLIOT, Ronald joined 6-1-1902 - Boer War dossier||1974 - 1974|
|D4082||WB193||Paul James Williams||1960 - 1961|
|MP171/5||13||Ships' registers - arrivals and departures, Melbourne||01 Jan 1934 - 22 Feb 1936|
|PP645/1||M22152||William Owen Mansbridge||1915 - 1958|
|A10756||LC1387 PART 4||New and Permanent Parliament House [Submission Nos. 3853 and 3976 refer]||19 Mar 1979 - 29 May 1980|
|B4069||VR/4/2A.||Broadcasting of Australian music - Arrangements, compositions, performances - Letters to stations re requirements etc - Metropolitan stations [2.00 cms]||1974 - 1978|
|A6122||560||CPA [Communist Party of Australia] Youth Sub-Committee - Western Australia||1949 - 1949|
|MP1/1||2/1/80||Evasion of Control of Materials Order.||1942 - 1942|
|A452||1957/2821||Public Works - Daly River Road - Northern Territory [1.25cm]||1948 - 1961|
|B741||V/3956||Dorothy Jean Turner||1927 - 1935|