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Symbols of Australia


Exploring Australia's iconic objects and images

Girl examining a wooden bowl and convict jacket

When you think of 'Australia' what are the first images that pop into your head? Perhaps you imagine the red outback or the Sydney Harbour Bridge, or maybe our sunny beaches.

In Symbols of Australia students investigate Australia's iconic objects and images through object handling and gallery exploration, and consider how representative these symbols are of Australia's identity or identities.

Please note that this program is not available in 2015.


Year levels P–4
Group size 30 students – two groups can run concurrently
Duration 90 minutes
Cost $6 per student
Availability Tuesday–Friday at 10am and 1pm

Alternate times may be available for local schools. Please contact for further information.
Curriculum links
Australian History curriculum links to our programs (178kb PDF)


  • Introduce students to the concept of a symbols.
  • Enable students to make connections between familiar symbols and how they represent the Australian identity or identities.


  1. Introductory activity – students are introduced to the concept of a symbol. Working in groups, students investigate a collection of objects that symbolise an aspect of Australian life.
  2. Gallery activity - students explore the Museum's galleries and participate in a Symbols of Australia treasure hunt, looking for iconic objects that embody an aspect of our national identity or identities.
  3. Reflection – students share with the class the iconic objects they found most interesting in the Museum gallery and discuss the kinds of objects that could become symbols of Australia in the future.

Exploring the Museum

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  • Between the Flags – an education kit that explores the history of surf lifesaving in Australia.

and these interactives:

You can also see the full list of resources related to Australian history.