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Australian of the Year Awards 2018

On show at the State Library of South Australia, Adelaide
23 March – 3 June 2018

Each year our nation celebrates the achievements and contribution of extraordinary Australians through the Australian of the Year Awards. These leading citizens are role models who inspire and challenge us all to create a better Australia.

The National Museum uses objects to tell stories, to connect with others and make us think. We have asked the Australian of the Year recipients from each state and territory to choose an object of personal significance that communicates something about their lives, aspirations and experiences. Here are their stories.


This exhibition was developed by the National Museum of Australia in collaboration with the National Australia Day Council. Portrait images courtesy National Australia Day Council.

The exhibition was on show at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra from 15 December 2018 to 18 February 2018.