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Spy: Espionage in Australia

  • Margaret Whitlam Galleries The Whitlam Institute, Building EZ, Western Sydney University Rydalmere (map)
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Often cloaked in myth, the stories of spies are sometimes stranger than fiction. Spy: Espionage in Australia reveals the personal experiences of secret agents and the curious history of espionage and counter-espionage in Australia, from Federation through to the present day. Free entry.

Spy features genuine spy equipment, surveillance images and candid interviews with ASIO officers. Visitors can play the part of a secret agent in the interactive family trail and test their skills at codebreaking and reading invisible ink. Using objects from the National Archives of Australia, ASIO and other security organisations, Spy brings the stories of spies out of the shadows and into the light.

Opening Hours: This exhibition is on display in the Margaret Whitlam Galleries at the Female Orphan School until 24 May 2019 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 am-4 pm and on the first Saturday of each month from 11 am-4 pm.

This is a National Archives of Australia Touring Exhibition. Exhibition development supported by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia and National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program.