17 May 2021

HiveMind: Honeybees, Democracy & Me

| MoAD
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beehive at Parliament House

HiveMind traces the story of beekeeping at Parliament House and its impact on democracy. Photo: MOAD.

Canberra’s latest exhibition, HiveMind: Honeybees, Democracy and Me, launches at MOAD on Tuesday 18 May and is set to sweeten your day.

HiveMind is a quirky look at a little known history of Australia’s federal parliaments – a delightful story of passion, serendipity and bees.

William Yates, a Liberal backbencher in the 70’s, tricked Speaker Billy Snedden via an April Fools style prank into giving permission for beehives to be officially established for the first time at Old Parliament House. His passion for democracy and bees was apt.

These stories and more will be brought to life at MOAD.

The exhibition will be launched on Tuesday 18 May and will run daily from then at MOAD.

The details

When: Daily from Tuesday 18 May, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House
Cost: Free.

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