National Archives of Australia
Once upon a time, Australia suddenly found itself at the heart of a secret and shocking story. The story was about geopolitics and seismic realignments of global power. It was about science and war. It was about colonialism and the media and the outback and ...
Tim Carmody’s appointment as Chief Justice by then-premier Campbell Newman rocked the community, drawing public criticism from senior and respected lawyers and judges. While many praised Carmody as a personable and likable man, some brutal assessments were made as to whether he had the ...
From the 1920s,  Kate Leigh  made a fortune from sly grog, cocaine and prostitution, challenging the assumption that serious crime was a man’s domain. Of all the rules she broke in her life, Leigh’s most significant one is that she was a crime ...
Small Publisher of the Year is awarded to the publisher with a turnover of less than $10 million whose publishing program demonstrated excellence over the course of the year and which contributed to the overall success of the industry during that period.
A French warship picks up Armenian refugees during WWI. Wikimedia Commons.
Armenia… that’s a country in, what, the Caucasus, right? Is that Central Asia? Where there’s a war with Azerbaijan over somewhere, or something, called Nagorno Karabakh?
Q & A with Inside the Vault's Creative Director Frederica Heacock 
Photo: Sydney Morning Herald/Fairfax Syndication.
How are we to think about first act of terrorist murder in Australia – a cataclysmic crime that inexplicably remains unsolved?
Image by Sara Hassan, Al Jazeera. Wikimedia Commons/NLA.
British Prime Minister David Cameron’sreported referenceto ‘the traditional submissiveness of Muslim women’ highlights both continuity and change in attitudes towards Muslim women.
Image: Wikimedia Commons.
It is not often that an author gets to be part of the history book that he is writing, but that has been both my privilege and pleasure, since I have lived through one of the most dramatic periods of social change in Australia’s ...
Tommy McRae, Kwatkwat people (c.1842-1901). Sketch, c. 1890s. Wikimedia Commons/NLA.
In 1991, while preparing a speech, I rang the history department of a large university and asked to be connected to someone who worked on the history of food. There was a pause, and the person who answered replied with a question: ‘And what, might ...
Scientists are explorers, adventurers. The Magellans and Columbuses of biology, geology, medicine, physics; atmospherics, botany, chemistry, technology, mathematics. Some journey out to the fringes of the universe, others travel deep into our DNA.
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Throughout history, there have been a multitude of scientific theories that have changed the world. Scientists living in the time period now known as the scientific revolution were responsible for many of these innovative ideas about biology, medicine, anatomy, physics and astronomy.

After the bestselling success of their book Alphabetical Sydney, Antonia Pesenti and Hilary Bell turned their eyes towards the local shops to create Numerical Street, paying homage to the ‘ordinary and unremarked’ streetscapes of Australia. Here’s how it all happened ... 


In late September 2015 Kelly O’Dwyer was appointed Minister for Small Business as part of new Liberal leader Malcolm Turnbull’s Cabinet reshuffle. The appointment of a woman in this position is both significant and appropriate. Recent statistics show that one third of new small businesses are started by ...


Anthony Bond was the first curator of contemporary international art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. His book The Idea of Art explores how he built the collection and, through interviews with some of the key artists in the collection, offers important insights into understanding and appreciating contemporary ...


I’ve walked most parts of the south-east region of New South Wales and I’ve enjoyed its classic walks. Some places nobody else has visited for a very long time. But nothing prepared me for the astounding diversity of landscapes and nature I found along the Bundian Way. Any ...

True Crime
Inside Out
Greg Fisher

When I was a kid my mum used to say I’d either be very successful or end up in jail.


The history of Basser, Philip Baxter and Goldstein colleges –the Kensington Colleges– is a history about people. Residential college life promises much more than bed and board; it enables students to find community, broadens horizons, offers academic support and sculpts career choices. For students arriving from the bush or overseas ...


Call for entries: introducing the UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing

Current Affairs
I’m not racist, but ...
Tim Soutphommasane

Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner, Tim Soutphommasane, reflects on race, multiculturalism and how the law has attempted to deal with discrimination in his new book I'm Not Racist But ... 40 years of the Racial Discrimination Act.


Illicit downloading is theft and we must back new laws to stop it.