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Defining Moments in Australian History

Defining Moments in Australian History

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Defining Moments in Australian History examines events, people and places of profound significance to the Australian people. Here you can explore hundreds of key moments in Australia’s history compiled by a panel of leading historians and people just like you. Suggest a moment

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colour photo portrait of a balding, middle-aged man wearing reading glasses. He is smiling at the camera, and wearing a dark shirt. It appears to have been taken in his studio
Glenn Murcutt
29 May 2002
studio photo of silver coin with missing centre. The original Spanish imprinting in Latin is visible around the outside rim, while the words five shillings have been imprinted around the inside rim
Holey dollar
26 November 1812
Henry Bourne Higgins
Harvester Judgement
8 November 1907
Black and white photo of balding, middle-aged man crouches by canvas spread on the floor. He has a cigarette in his mouth, a paint can in one hand. His other hand seems to be covered in paint. He is frowning intently at the canvas, which has a few splotches of dark paint on it.
Blue Poles
August 1973
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