Spy: espionage in Australia

Image: Lydia Janovska at Mascot Airport, Sydney, 1960. NAA: A6122, 1755. Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, Central Office
Fri 12 Jul - Sun 13 Oct 2019
Spy: espionage in Australia is a national touring exhibition exploring the history of Australian security and  intelligence from Federation through to the present day. The exhibition uses records and objects from the National Archives’ collection and loan items from ASIO and other security agencies to bring to life this fascinating history.

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.

See genuine spy equipment, surveillance images, and candid interviews with ASIO officers. Play the part of a secret agent in the interactive family trail. Test your skills at codebreaking and reading invisible ink.

Using objects from the National Archives of Australia, ASIO and other security organisations, the exhibition brings the stories of spies out of the shadows and into the light.

The project involves a partnership with ASIO which has provided in-kind support including object loans, research assistance and the production of filmed officer interviews for inclusion in the exhibition.

A national touring exhibition developed and presented by the National Archives of Australia


  • Entry to this exhibition is FREE


Newcastle Museum
6 Workshop Way