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Explore the shared stories and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from across Australia in First Australians. Take a journey from ancient to contemporary expressions of culture in our largest gallery, across the ground and lower ground floors.

Welcome to country 2:35

First Australians includes a welcome from our Ngunnawal, Ngunawal and Ngambri traditional custodians, along with art, digital interactive and sensory displays. View transcript

Exhibition highlights

First Australians explores the connectedness of communities whose diverse cultures are determined by diverse environments. Learn about enduring attachments to country, continuing artistic practices and the impact of colonisation since 1788. A large dhari (headdress) takes visitors through to our dedicated Torres Strait Islander exhibition.

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Basket 1:54

Lee Burgess on his connection to a cane basket from northern Queensland

Wooden container 2:24

Jilda Andrews on a special object that reconnects the women in her family

Defining Moments 1967 referendum panel discussion

Fifty years after the landmark 1967 referendum, has change truly come for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, or is it coming still?
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Presenters: Linda Burney, Andrea Mason, John Maynard and Ray Peckham with Paul Barclay
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