Federal Election Ephemera

Help grow the National Library’s Election Ephemera Collection by sending us federal election campaign material you receive.

We are looking for printed campaign material, including flyers, letters to constituents, how-to-vote cards, stickers, badges, posters, or any other original published material to promote a party or candidate, or to lobby on election issues.

Political ephemera provides a unique perspective into Australia’s social life and political landscape – the rise and fall of policies, issues, parties, and careers. The material produced by candidates, lobby groups, officials and journalists reporting the story is all important.

Our Federal Election Ephemera Collection ranges from manifestos to the ‘unofficial’ Election Bean Poll - where café customers were invited to show their political preferences using coffee beans – to a complete digital archive of major party policies, courtesy of the National Library of Australia’s Pandora service, delivered through the new Australian Web Archive.

By collecting 2019 federal election ephemera, we can preserve and make accessible to political and social historians of the future, the stories of today.

Thanks to our supporters, the National Library now has the largest collection of political memorabilia in Australia covering every Australian federal election since Federation in 1901.

Help us collect the latest chapter of Australia’s political history.

To find out how, contact our Ephemera Officer, Fiona Spooner via email fspooner@nla.gov.au or phone 02 62621180 or visit our website

Contact details

Media Contact
Anna Gressier | T: 02 6262 1490 | M: 0401 226 697 | E: agressier@nla.gov.au