Thank you for helping us build our 2022 federal election collection. It has been just over a month since Australians lined up at polling booths and our staff have since been busy opening hundreds of envelopes of donated election ephemera.

It’s no secret that dogs are popular on social media, and this played out in this year’s election campaigning with many dog bandanas amongst the donated items. Already we are starting to get a glimpse of the gems we had hoped to collect – items from the Teal independents including posters, how-to-votes cards, t-shirts, caps and corflutes; facemasks from different candidates and parties (is there a better way to depict a Covid election campaign?) as well as thousands of flyers and brochures from many electorates, political parties and lobby and interest groups.

Bright election posters feature a variety of candidates on different coloured backgrounds
A selection of the posters donated to the Library's 2022 Federal Election collection (L-R): David Shoebridge for The Greens, Allegra Spender, Zed Seselja for the Liberal Party, Anthony Albanese for the Labor Party, Alex van der End for the United Australia Party

The Australian Web Archive gathered over 1,300 websites over the course of the 2022 campaigning, with many sites captured multiple time to document changes in campaign messages and themes.

With thousands of donations from far and wide, the National Library would like to thank everyone who donated items.

Feature image: Dog bandanas feature amongst the items donated to the Library from the 2022 Federal Election. Image: National Library of Australia