The First Eight Project

The first eight project art Artwork by Alison Alder

Artwork: Alison Alder

The First Eight Project launched in early 2018 as a joint undertaking between the Australian Parliamentary Library, the National Museum of Australia, the National Archives of Australia, the Victorian Parliamentary Library and the ANU Australian Studies Institute. The project incorporates a series of events, lectures, exhibitions, and a monograph series on the first eight Prime Ministers of Australia.

“This collaboration aims at enlivening interest in this formative period of the nation’s history, focusing on the private, public and political lives of its political leaders, and something of the essence of the world they inhabited and which shaped them.” Dr Dianne Heriot, Parliamentary Librarian.

Read the interview with historian and AuSI Foundation Fellow, Dr David Headon, about the inspiration behind the project.

Check out the portraits of Australia's first eight prime ministers.

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