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Parliament House during Enlighten

Guests dining in a courtyard at Parliament House

Spring program of events

Our 30th anniversary celebrations continue with a full program of events throughout spring. 

Explore our tours, exhibitions, lectures and films.

Parliament House: a chronology

Australia's Parliament House turns 30 this year. Discover milestones represent defining events and turning points in this history. This chronology celebrates milestones in the Parliament, as well as significant events in the evolution of the building and its landscape setting.

Attribute: Dr Joy McCann Politics and Public Administration Section with Dr Dianne Heriot, Parliamentary Librarian

Image: Australian Parliament House during the Enlighten Festival, 2011 Howard Moffat/AUSPIC. Concept created by The Electric Canvas.

Performers on Open Day

Australian Parliament House Open Day

Saturday 6 October 2018 - Free

Celebrate 30 years of parliamentary democracy on Capital Hill with the building’s biggest Open Day yet. Experience a side of Parliament House not normally accessible to the public. Take a tour to the House of Representatives and Senate Chamber, stroll through the heart of the building, Members Hall and picnic in the beautiful courtyards.

Meet with parliamentary staff and discuss how the parliament works, learn about the activities that keep the house running and its grounds in pristine condition.

Food and refreshments will be available all day, with a range of options to suit all tastes by APH Catering and Events.

Find out what events are coming up @APH

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Photo Gallery

The construction of Australian Parliament House, and the first three decades of its life, have been captured by many distinguished photographers. In Parliament House’s 30th anniversary year, this gallery will grow week by week, showcasing the work of these photographers, most of whom were officially commissioned through the Parliament House Art/Craft Program to capture this significant period in our national life.

Image: Ed Douglas (b. 1943) Untitled, 1986, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra, ACT

 

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Ed Douglas (b. 1943)
Untitled, 1986,
Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra, ACT

Ed Douglas was interested in the earthworks stage of construction and in capturing how the land was excavated and piled in conjunction with the construction. This image captures the scale of earth works against the exterior curved walls. 

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Douglas Holleley (b. 1949)
View of site from southern approach, 1983,
Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra, ACT

Construction of New Parliament House began in 1981 with the pouring of the first concrete. Holleley captures the epic scale of the construction in 1983 with his image of the southern approach to the site.

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