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|
|A659||1941/1/3821||Return of Imperial Cerificates granted to persons naturalised in Australia and revocations||1938 - 1943|
|A518||852/1/756||New Guinea - Brown, A L M [0.25cm]||1938 - 1941|
|C4076||HN5572C||Timbriebungie Post Office closed c.1930 [box 612]||1983 - 1983|
|A1838||3006/10/4/1 PART 36||Malaysia - Singapore - British Australian Policies in Malaysia Region - Post August 1965||1973 - 1973|
|A1838||67/2/2/1 PART 1||UK - Political Developments - Colonial Policy Northern Ireland||1969 - 1971|
|A1838||3107/38/12/20 PART 3||China - Relations with Australia - Visits to China - Foreign Minister Mr A PEACOCK||1979 - 1979|
|K60||MKM33800||BARR, Kenneth William - Service Number - 5/400186||1949 - 2013|
|AWM239||213||RAN Medical Officers' Journals: Reserve Districts (1 January - 31 December 1940)||1940 - 1940|
|K60||HKM39637 VOLUME 2||DAVIS, Reginald Henry Saville - Service Number - 329||1977 - 1988|
|A6364||WH1963/06||Washington cables inwards chronological, numbers 1551 to 1899, 14 June to 19 July 1963||1963 - 1963|
|A432||1931/1785||Income Tax: J.A.P. Martin Deed of arrangement under Part Xii of Bankruptcy Act 1924-30. Meaning of "Assessed... Income Tax assessed... Prior to the date of the order of Sequestration" in Sec 84 (1) (h) Bankruptcy Act.||1931 - 1931|
|MP16/1||1917/1025||leahy John Walter||1917 - 1917|
|C138||H70791 PART 3||NICHOLS, Frederick Hubert Nicholson - Service Number - 4341||1990 - 1992|
|A12812||13||Inquiry into Casurina Hospital, Darwin - Statement of evidence, originating papers, correspondence, unnumbered submissions, briefing papers, final report, tabling details, approval of work||13 Apr 1972 - 22 Nov 1973|
|E1509||1985/372 PART 3||Defence - Tindal RAAF - Aboriginal interest [no records on file]||1983 - 1994|
|P130||R11784||Burgess, Elton Regt No. 6536 Private 12th Battalion Repatriation file||1919 - 1919|
|D4082||WB495||Vojin Jova Bojkovic||1964 - 1965|
|A3959||A1/6||Matters relating to Mail and Telephones (Official and Public)||1973 - 1976|
|MP1155/1||V1962/32514||Paas, Frank||1961 - 1962|
|A1838||720/4/9 PART 28||Australian atomic energy - Non proliferation aspects of uranium enrichment||1979 - 1980|