Media and archives

1916–1920 was a defining period in Irish-Australian history that would shape the social and political forces in both nations for years to come.

State Library Victoria

This State Library Victoria research guide is a companion to the commemorative exhibition The Irish Rising: ‘A terrible beauty is born’, 17 March–31 July 2016. The guide will assist you to learn more about the 1916 Easter Rising, and the significant impact it had on Australian society and politics, especially through the activism of the Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, Daniel Mannix.

ABC Radio National

ABC Radio National dedicated an Easter 2016 episode of their leading Books and Arts program to Ireland’s 1916 Rising. Hear from historian Fearghal McGarry, satirist John Clarke and the Rambling Boys as they remember and re-interpret the Rising through music, art and literature.

National Archives of Australia

Australian voters were asked in October 1916, and again in December 1917, to vote on the issue of conscription. Universal military training for Australian men aged 18 to 60 had been compulsory since 1911. The referendums, if carried, would have extended this requirement to service overseas. Learn more about the conscription plebiscites from these records.

British Pathé

This selection of key British Pathé newsreels represents some of the finest contemporary reporting on the Irish Easter Rising, War of Independence and Civil War. The films have been organised by topic and are presented on a single navigable page for the first time.

Australian Screen

In this excerpt from a 1962 interview with Dr Daniel Mannix, the Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, Dr Mannix describes the circumstances in which he advocated against conscription during the First World War.


The Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand encourages and supports the study of Ireland and of the Irish Diaspora in Australia, New Zealand and internationally by facilitating the exchange of information and ideas among its members.


Header image: General map of Australia and Tasmania (or Van Diemens Land drawn by F. Ravenstein, 1857, National Library of Australia.