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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.

Attachment to place

By Jilda Andrews
14 Nov 2017
It is hard to believe that it has been a year since the Life in Australia team visited Eden for...

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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 collectionMan 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

Rabbits. 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 state

Vic McEwan


Vic McEwan at the Museum

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



Landmarks and Old New Land