Explore the National Museum of Australia's collection of historical artefacts related to horses and horsemen and women in Australia. This includes horsedrawn vehicles, paintings and photographs, clothing and tools, and trophies and ribbons awarded to champion horses, their owners, riders and trainers.
A collection with winners including hog-skin saddle makers and a mare named 'Mincemeat'.
Essendon milk cart
A horsedrawn cart used by Lincoln Park Dairy to deliver milk in Melbourne from the 1940s to 1987.
Farm Life quilt
Horses and other animals on a 1930s South Australian farm, drawn with a needle and thread on a school-girls’ quilt.
Once commonplace in Australian streets, these posts were used to secure horses.
The oldest surviving Australian racing trophy.
Ladies' grooming set
A case with horsehair brushes, presented as a gift from aviators Charles Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm.
Mary Wilsallen's sulky
A pony-sized brass Sydney sulky from about 1940, belonging to champion horsewoman and breeder Mary Willsallen.
Made by apprentice coachbuilder Archibald William Hayes in 1908.
Newcastle bakery cart
One of a fleet of horsedrawn vehicles used by the Newcastle & Suburban Co-operative Society from the 1940s.
Nowland's mail coach
A thoroughbrace mail coach that carried passengers across the Liverpool Plains in New South Wales until the 1920s.
Parts of Phar Lap's heart
Sections of ventricle wall, aorta and pericardium cut from the legendary racehorse’s heart. On show in Spirited.
Saw Doctor's wagon
Explore the role of horses in Australia, focusing on our nation's equine and equestrian history.
Tom Quilty Gold Cup
Trophy won by Brook Sample on his seventh victory in the long-distance endurance ride.
Flemington on Cup Day