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|
|PP825/1||HX42163||William Beresford Haddow||1947 - 1979|
|K60||MKM37215||JAMES, Leonard Charles - Service Number - R39930||1950 - 2002|
|MP341/1||1906/2994||[Credit of amounts received as rent of Quarters]||1906 - 1906|
|P130||R9328||Private Roy Ludwig Bardenhagen, 12th Battalion 6535||1916 - 1919|
|AWM54||244/2/14||[Demolitions - Schemes:] Demolition Plans: Brisbane Fortress Area, Belt "J"||1939 - 1945|
|A432||1963/3173 PART 3||Antarctic Treaty - Draft Convention on Conservation of Wild Life||01 Jan 1800 - 01 Jan 1800|
|A1838||69/1/3 PART 46||USSR [Union of Soviet Socialist Republics] - Relations with Australia||1977 - 1977|
|A13147||NSR 565||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (General) Regulations. Reg 4 (GC 1-2); Reg 54 (GC 3-59)||09 Apr 1944 - 05 Jun 1944|
|PP886/1||M9312||W.J.R. Farrell||1916 - 1971|
|B73||M109929||Davidson, James Duncan||1919 - 1990|
|A1928||1018/8||Staff - Hookworm Campaign. Dr. J.C. Jago Dr. A.K. Green.||1926 - 1929|
|K26||MX52065||Reginald Henry Barry||1942 - 1985|
|F1||1955/1306||Moseley Children State Children's Council||1955 - 1956|
|C139||MX36272||Charles Shaw HAYES [Repatriation medical file] [Box 2317]||1941 - 1959|
|B26||HX50945||McDonald, Leslie Joseph||1945 - 1976|
|A2487||1922/6237||[Application for medical treatment - Richard Michael Gornalle]||1917 - 1922|
|B26||MX125 PART 2||DON, Robert Nicholas||1941 - 1974|
|A571||1935/2494||Loan Council Thirty-First Meeting - May 1934 - Confidential papers and agenda||1935 - 1935|
|A1838||3127/11/91 PART 2||Korea - Relations between North and South Korea||1962 - 1967|
|D2952||PL42/1980||Waddikee - Extension to siding [Drawing of 218.307km Waddikee - Scale 1:1 250, Map showing location of Waddikee on Eyre Peninsula, Plan of Waddikee proposed siding extensions with photographs, Plan of Waddikee Station Yard plus Longitudinal Elevation on a scale 1" = 40', Drawing of proposed siding extension at Waddikee on a scale 1:480, Photographs of Waddikee]||1980 - 1982|