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[Ephemera relating to the Australian federal election campaigns : including press releases, policy speeches, advertising material, how to vote cards, etc.]
Bib ID 2247771
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline
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Description 1901- 
metres posters, banners 

Australian ephemera collection (Formed)

Full contents
  • 1901-1917
  • 1919-1929
  • 1931-1943
  • 1946-1951
  • 1953-1955
  • 1958
  • 1961 (pts 1-4)
  • 1963 (pts 1-3)
  • 1964 Senate (pts 1-4)
  • 1966 (pts 1-8)

Elections are for the House of Representatives and half the Senate. A simultaneous (or double) dissolution election is for both the House of Representatives and the entire Senate. Election dates since Federation: 1901, 1903, 1906 ; 1910, 1913, 1914 (double), 1917, 1919 ; 1922, 1925, 1928, 1929 (HR) ; 1931, 1934, 1937 ; 1940, 1943, 1946, 1949 ; 1951 (double), 1953 (half S), 1954 (HR), 1955, 1958 ; 1961, 1963 (HR), 1964 (half S), 1966 (HR), 1967 (half S), 1969 (HR) ; 1970 (half S), 1972 (HR), 1974 (double), 1975 (double), 1977 ; 1980, 1983 (double), 1984, 1987 (double) ; 1990, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016.

Referendums are the formal process of amending the Commonwealth Constitution of which there have been eighteen involving forty-two separate amendment attempts of which only eight have been carried. There have been eight occasions where the referendums have been held simultaneously with the elections in 1906, 1910, 1913, 1919, 1928, 1946, 1974, 1984. These maybe included here.


Covers mainly printed materials issued by the parties, independents, lobby groups for both Houses of Parliament for most elections from 1901 to date including referenda. The range of ephemera includes bumper stickers, posters, visiting cards, cartoons, newspapers, electorate reports, postcards, voting forms. Features some unusual non-print political collectibles such as banners, balloons, flags, clothing, buttons, badges, hats, sound recordings, coffee bean poll. From 1996 it includes paper copies of material found on the Internet. All materials are either bound or unbound.

A guide to the Australian Democrats slogans and logo history up to 2004 is included with 1977 campaign material.

Also available online

Other associated materials include posters, banners and broadsides are available through the Special Collections Reading Room.

Other associated electronic materials include websites captured by PANDORA for elections 1996 onwards.

Other associated materials include scrapbooks of newspapers cuttings found in various manuscript collections or in the Australian collection.

Cited In

Parliamentary handbook of the Commonwealth of Australia.

Index/Finding Aid Note 1993, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007 election guides issued by the Australian Electoral Commission. 
Subjects Australia. Parliament -- Elections.  |  Australia. Constitution -- Amendments.  |  National Party of Australia.  |  Australian Democrats.  |  Australian Labor Party.  |  Liberal Party of Australia.  |  Campaign literature -- Australia .  |  Referendum -- Australia.  |  Political cartoons -- Australia.  |  Political posters, Australian.  |  Political candidates -- Australia.  |  Political postcards -- Australia.  |  Political parties -- Australia.  |  Lobbyists -- Australia.  |  Campaign paraphernalia -- Australia.  |  Australia -- Politics and government -- 20th century.  |  Australia -- Politics and government -- 20th century -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Other authors/contributors Australian Electoral Commission
Also Titled

Federal election material

Australian referendum material

Australian referendums

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Members of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori communities are advised that this catalogue contains names and images of deceased people. All users of the catalogue should also be aware that certain words, terms or descriptions may be culturally sensitive and may be considered inappropriate today, but may have reflected the author's/creator's attitude or that of the period in which they were written.