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Australian of the Year Awards 2017

The Australian of the Year Awards 2017 exhibition pays 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.


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.