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People and the environment

Explore the ways in which people's lives shape and are shaped by the Australian environment, and how stories connect us to places.

A glittering prize

By Catriona Donnelly
17 Nov 2016
The National Museum of Australia has recently acquired the 1881 Adelaide Hunt Club Cup, one of only three gold presentation...

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Thylacine skin

Animal stories

Artist Amanda Stuart's new works inspired by a cat skin rug and thylacine peltThe Cowey family at The Patch

Cowey photographs

Kate Rigby on the transformation of forest to farmlandThree children standing in front of a garden bed showing their muddy hands.

Food Stories

School gardens, Stephanie Alexander and stories from our collectionHubert Opperman poster

Cycling in Australia

Explore the story of Australians and their bikesMan leaning on a fence

Online features

Urban gardening, salinity, the Murray-Darling Basin and moreCurator and firemen in field

About us

More on our People and Environment program and research

Colour engraving showing bark canoes by a waterway

Water in Australia

Imagining water in a land of droughts and flooding rainsRabbits. Courtesy Liz Poon, CSIRO

Rabbits in Australia

Pests, pets or pie filler? Portrait of Lucian Faithfull

The Springfield collection

Share the rich story of a successful Australian pastoral propertyBanksia serrata engraving

Collection interactives

Voyage to the Australian continent or visit Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day1866 Melbourne Cup

1866 Melbourne Cup

The 1866 Melbourne Cup won by The Barb is the earliest known Melbourne Cup in its original stateWindmill

Galleries

Landmarks, Old New Land and Circa on show now

Vic McEwan

Artist-in-residence

Vic McEwan at the MuseumChampion horse Dungog, 1929

Horses in Australia

Celebrating the bonds between horses and peopleBaby pouch wombat

Stilled lives

Learn why the animal specimens in our collection arouse horror, curiosity and wonderTop section of Sugarbag Dreaming bark painting by Jimmy Wululu

Collection reflections

Natasha Fijn on the cultural and ecological significance of bees to Aboriginal peopleNeale Lavis riding racehorse Wattle Grove.

Bush horses and riders

Explore the origins and passion for bush riding in AustraliaBlack and white image of six people in a river

Sound and vision

Free audio recordings from our One River symposium and Urban gardening forum