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Nation: Symbols of Australia

Nation: Symbols of Australia took a new approach to Australian history through Australian symbols, from the humble Hills hoist to the legend of ANZAC. The Nation gallery opened in March 2001.

Phar Lap's heart
Phar Lap's heart is back on display as part of our new gallery Landmarks: People and Places across Australia. Photo: George Serras.

As part of the Museum Development Program the Nation gallery closed on 1 February 2010 to make way for an exciting new gallery — Landmarks: People and Places across Australia.

The new gallery opened in early June 2011 and explores fascinating stories of how people have responded to the opportunities and challenges of living in Australia.

As part of the redevelopment period, all objects from the Nation gallery were deinstalled and removed from display. These objects included:

  • Phar Lap's heart
  • the FJ Holden car
  • the Hills hoist
  • the Victa lawnmover
  • the Bean 14 motor vehicle
  • the pink Propert caravan.

View photos of some of these objects being removed from the Nation gallery

Selected objects from the Nation gallery collection are back on display as part of the new Landmarks gallery. These objects include:

The FJ Holden car has been replaced by Holden Prototype Car No. 1.