The Australian of the Year Awards 2017 exhibition paid tribute to the eight extraordinary Australians chosen as state and territory finalists for the prestigious national award. We asked each finalist to choose an object of personal significance to tell us something special about their lives, aspirations and experiences.
The Australian of the Year Awards 2017 exhibition was developed by the National Museum of Australia in collaboration with the National Australia Day Council. Portrait images courtesy National Australia Day Council.
It was on show at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra from 16 December 2016 to 12 February 2017, and the Newcastle Museum, Newcastle from 14 June to 30 July 2017.