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|
|A1928||1040/6 SECTION 2B||Stores and Equipment Central Office||1947 - 1948|
|AWM315||449/009/096 02||[Australian War Memorial correspondence file:] Inquiries - Private: Information regarding relics and records other than those relating to AWM||1971 - 1976|
|B26||HX51680 PART 2||TATT, Leslie Theodore||1991 - 1993|
|A432||1931/00309||Transferred Property: Easements: Port Macquarie Post Office: drainage on to land belonging to R.G. Davidson||1931 - 1931|
|D4148||10||Northern Territory General Correspondence Records of Mr David ALLEN, Instructing Solicitor: Correctional Services||1988 - 1990|
|MP927/1||A323/1/1062||RAAF School of Languages - 1958 - Indonesian||1957 - 1958|
|E72||DL1548||Liddy Eric Charles - [Portion of Title Expunged] Rupert James and Maluda Kentish - [Portion of Title Expunged]||1951 - 1951|
|D2952||PL45/1980||Yeelanna - Extension to siding [Drawing of proposed extension to siding at Yeelanna - Scale 1:480, Drawing of Yeelanna - Thevenard Line - 81.726km - Scale 1:1 584]||1980 - 1981|
|A2487||1921/3240||[Regarding assistance - Drew O A Mrs]||1920 - 1921|
|A5799||216/1955||Technical intelligence assistance for Australian Services attaches in South East Asia||1955 - 1956|
|A1838||519/3/1/3 PART 3||Formosa relations with Australia - Australian representation in Formosa||1965 - 1972|
|A10028||225/2 PART 3||China's relations and attitudes to other countries - world powers - USA||1974 - 1974|
|C139||CX253429||Francis (Frank) John O'NEILL [Repatriation pension case file] [Box 24530]||1956 - 1958|
|A3963||S4/47||Queensland Dept. of Labour Relations and Consumer Affairs||1975 - 1975|
|A705||161/22/1084||A23344, Leading Aircraftman, Sumner, J A - [portion of title exempt]||1953 - 1954|
|A7919||C99600||Andreoli, Rocco (Army) PWI 58074 - Born: 14 April 1917, San Giovanni Incarico Italy - Captured: 11 December 1901, Bug Bug Egypt - Previously interned: 6 March 1941, India - Arrived Australia: MARIPOSA, 5 Febriaru 1944, Melbourne Victoria - Interned: Murchison Victoria - Departed: OTRANTO, 10 January 1947, for Naples Italy||1944 - 1947|
|A13147||NSR 79||National Security Act Regulations & Ordinances - National Security (Prisoners of War) Regulations. Reg 8: Order 17 (JM 1)||15 Nov 1946 - 15 Nov 1946|
|A1838||160/11/161 PART 1||Ceylon - Relations with United States of America||1948 - 1963|
|A518||852/1/753||New Guinea - Nauru - Lord, S [1cm]||1938 - 1949|
|M1256||1977A PART 3||[Personal Papers of Prime Minister Fraser] Correspondence '1977A' [relating to Australian Union of Students, manufacturing industry etc, includes 'Proposal for the Founding of a Commonwealth and Western European Economic Plan' by Robert K Andrew (UK, September 1974)]||14 Jun 1977 - 24 Aug 1977|