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|
|A13147||NSR 342||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - Statutory Rules 1941, No 218-223, 225-234, 245, 249, 252-256, 259, 262, 263, 265-283, 286-304, 314-318, 320-326||03 Sep 1941 - 30 Dec 1941|
|A6126||662||BALZI, Gildo||01 Jan 1800 - 01 Jan 1800|
|C138||H67600||PRIDMORE, George Henry [Repatriation hospital case file] [Box 5285]||1963 - 1969|
|MT99/2||1944/531||Staff - Barnes A L F 3rd Grade Diver||1943 - 1945|
|A1928||1181/62/3 SECTION 1||Overseas travelling Fellowships Carnegie Section 1.||1946 - 1947|
|A1838||762/2 PART 4||Hong Kong - Reports on economic developments||1979 - 1981|
|A12812||178||Inquiry into Bonegilla - Construction of a Multi-Denominational Chapel - Coloured photos attached to Department of Transport and Construction and correspondence||02 Jul 1982 - 13 Jan 1983|
|K1255||DON3-36||MV "Cape Don" Stowage of survey launch||1978 - 1978|
|D1915||SA3405||PAPPAGALLO Francisco - admission of relative||1933 - 1951|
|B741||V/11446||Richard Patrick Dowling and Joseph E. Dowling||1933 - 1934|
|A2487||1922/911||[Medical report - Denis Horan]||1921 - 1922|
|AWM54||179/2/9||[Chemical Warfare - Training:] Chemical warfare training overseas and in Australia||1941 - 1955|
|C4177||TO8934||Myambat NSW Explosive Storehouse Project||1985 - 1991|
|A1838||49/2/1/1 PART 10||Portugal - Foreign policy - Portuguese Timor||1977 - 1980|
|C139||MX60483||George William GUTHRIE [Repatriation medical case file] [box 12519]||1941 - 1982|
|A292||C24002 PART 5||Cartage of sand and gravel to sandwash||1952 - 1953|
|A816||37/301/423||Report on visit abroad - March to May 1957 by Director JIB, Melbourne||1957 - 1957|
|B3841||2||Record of Judicial Proceedings: Enemy P.W.||1945 - 1946|
|K60||HKM32782||BURGESS-LLOYD, David Allan - Service Number - 40600, 05802||1968 - 1984|
|F504||14||Census 1933-District M (Newcastle Waters)||1932 - 1933|