TWEET YOUR SUGGESTION
What do you think is a significant moment in Australia’s history?
The Defining Moments in Australian History project aims to stimulate a public discussion about the events that have been of profound significance to the Australian people. More about the project
Your suggestions continue to pour in and are helping us to shape the growing list of defining moments in Australian history. Explore your list
Object stories on film
Mikey Robins has worked with the Museum on a series of videos investigating key objects in the Museum's collection that relate to defining moments in Australian history. View more videos on our YouTube channel
Latest featured moments
Each month we provide detailed background to particular defining moments. View all featured moments
We are unveiling a series of commemorative plaques representing particular Defining Moments.
The word on the street
Writer and comedian Mikey Robins hit the streets in Sydney and Melbourne to find out what people think are defining moments in this nation’s history. View more videos on our YouTube channel
Objects on display in the Main Hall
Four of the defining moments from the initial list, dating from the ancient past to the 20th century, are represented by items on show in the Main Hall of the National Museum.
Piece of ochre from 53,000–59,000 years ago
Makasar Prau, 1966, bark painting by Birrikitji Gumana, Yirrkala