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A collecting program on the representation of Australia’s diplomatic history has been launched by the National Museum of Australia in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Curators are seeking donations of objects that help tell strong personal stories around Australian diplomacy. This may include souvenirs, clothing, artworks, diaries, scrapbooks, equipment, signs, flags or posters and other ephemera. The Museum cannot consider offers of large collections of personal or official papers or extensive photographic archives.

For more information or to make an inquiry, email or Make a collection offer

About the project and DFAT partnership

The Australian diplomatic collection project aims to promote a greater understanding of Australia’s engagement with the world using significant object to highlight the nature and complexity of diplomacy.

The Australian diplomatic collection will offer broad insights into Australia’s national identity, which is in many ways defined by extensive and diverse international connections. The initiative will also increase awareness of the diverse and challenging work of DFAT and its predecessor departments, as well as their contribution to promoting Commonwealth trade, foreign policy and development assistance.

ANZUS Treaty

The Security Treaty between Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America (ANZUS) was signed on 1 September 1951.

Petrov Affair

In April 1954 Vladimir and Evdokia Petrov, Soviet spies who were masquerading as diplomats in Canberra, defected to Australia.

Landmark Women 15 Nov 2013

Landmark Women: Ruth Pearce

Ruth Pearce speaks about her diverse and challenging international life as an Australian diplomat that included postings as Australian ambassador to the Solomon Islands, Russia along with accreditation to 12 former Soviet republics, the Philippines and Poland.
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Presenters: Ruth Pearce
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