Using Primary Sources

Explore this year’s theme of Contested Histories using primary sources from the National Archives of Australia.

National Archives welcomes entries in any format. More details about accepted formats.

The National Archives has an extensive collection of Australian primary sources. Primary sources from the National Archives’ collection must be central to supporting your arguments, and referenced in your bibliography. You may also draw on primary sources from other collections, as well as secondary sources, to support your argument.

In considering your research for the category Using Primary Sources, you may wish to research the following topic areas or identities.

Japanese War Crimes in the Pacific: Australia’s investigations and prosecutions
Wartime internment camps in Australia

The Immigration Restriction Act 1901 and the White Australia policy
Child migration
Good British Stock: Child and Youth Migration to Australia

First Australians
Aboriginal petitions
Aboriginal deaths in custody
British nuclear tests at Maralinga
Eddie Koiki Mabo and the Mabo case

Forced Adoptions
Forced Adoptions History Project

You may also choose to explore Contested Histories through your own topic selected from the National Archives’ collection.

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Further information about the National History Challenge.

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