If you are being bombarded with 2013 election material and you’d prefer it went to a good home, the National Library of Australia wants to hear from you.

The National Library wants to collect an original copy of every published leaflet, poster, pamphlet, policy speech, press statement and other political ephemera from the September 7, 2013 federal election.

Political ephemera provides a unique perspective into Australia’s social and political landscape and the National Library will add the 2013 material to its existing political ephemera collection which dates back to the early 1900s.

Ephemera Officer Catherine Aldersey said the Library was particularly interested in receiving material from marginal electorates, from communities with specific local issues as well as from regional and remote Australia.

‘The word ephemera actually means ‘not meant to last’ but we believe political ephemera tells an important story and we want to collect and preserve this material for future generations,’ Ms Aldersey said.

Ephemera items already in the collection range from an autographed It’s Time poster signed by Gough Whitlam to a set of Crikey’s First Dog on the Moon buttons to how-to-vote advice dating back to the early 1900s.  

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Donations of original political ephemera can be sent to:

 Federal Election Campaign Ephemera

Australian Collection Development

National Library of Australia

Reply Paid E202 (Box 6153)

Kingston. ACT. 2604.


Media Contact: Sally Hopman, Media Liaison Manager, National Library of Australia.

02 6262 1704, 0401226 697 or shopman@nla.gov.au