Historical artefacts

Here we share images of our historical artefacts and tell the stories behind them. Each item played a part in ASIO’s mission, protecting Australia and Australians from threats to their security.

If you are intrigued, you can see and read more about espionage at the National Archives of Australia virtual exhibition Spy: Espionage in Australia.


Before the days of streaming music or audio files, before mini-disks, CDs, or even cassette tapes, recordings were made and listened to on reel-to-reel audio tape recorders.

Did you know that pyjamas, toothbrushes and combs have an important place in ASIO’s history?