Exhibitions

One of the screens featured in the 'Parliamentarians who served' interactive kiosk - image features James Rowell,  Senator (SA)  NAT, 1917–1923

Parliamentarians who have served

Come and see the new display and multimedia kiosk at Parliament House, Commonwealth Parliamentarians who have served in war: the First World War.

Launched on Remembrance Day, 11 November 2015, the interactive multimedia kiosk and poster display, pays tribute to the Commonwealth Members of Parliament who served during the First World War and previous colonial wars.

Both initiatives are part of Parliament’s commemoration of the Centenary of ANZAC.

An online version of the poster display is available at Members who served in First World War.

When: The display runs until 13 March 2016.

Where: The kiosk will be on display adjacent to the Senate exhibition area on Level 1 in Parliament House.

Presented to the Prime Minister: official gifts 

For centuries nations have exchanged gifts to signal the beginning of a new relationship, the continuation of a longstanding friendship, to celebrate events of international importance and as tokens of respect or gratitude. official gifts exhibition

Gifts presented to Prime Ministers hold special significance and are treasured items. In 1978 then Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser announced that all gifts received by Ministers must be declared and valued. The recipient was given the opportunity to purchase the gift, however many were surrendered to the Commonwealth for safekeeping.

This exhibition features an eclectic selection of gifts presented to Australian Prime Ministers and their spouses in the course of official duties. They are drawn from the collections of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Parliament House Art Collection.

 

Pearls and Protocol: gifts of jewellery

The exchange of jewellery as a symbol of prosperity and friendship is steeped in ceremonial tradition. Precious metals and stones were used in early diplomatic practices to cement alliances and inspire awe. In modern times, jewellery gifted by foreign or national representatives conveys respect and goodwill. official gifts exhibition

These opulent gifts have been loaned from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Rarely seen in public, this display presents a small selection of the remarkable jewellery presented to Australian Parliamentarians and their spouses over the past 40 years.

When: On display until 28 February 2016

Where: Presiding Officers Exhibition Area, Level 1, Parliament House

 

 

Official gifts exhibition courtesy of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Presiding Officers’ Exhibition Area, Parliament House, Canberra, ACT. Images: Brenton McGeachie

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