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The National Museum of Australia is unveiling a series of commemorative plaques to mark key Defining Moments. Plaques in the stone floor of the Gandel Atrium at the National Museum in Canberra include:
As the plaque installation develops over time, the outline of the plaques will resemble a knot, twisting and connecting key moments in Australian history.
Snowy Mountains Scheme
Plaques are also being presented across Australia. The Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme was honoured in Cooma, New South Wales, on 19 March 2017.
A plaque honouring the Mabo decision, handed down by the High Court of Australia on 3 June 1992, was unveiled on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait on 17 June 2015.
The Museum honours the Mabo decision as a defining moment in our history. This landmark decision defined Australian law on native title.
Media release: National Museum marks High Court’s Mabo decision
A plaque commemorating Aboriginal warrior Pemulwuy was unveiled at the Museum by the Hon Christopher Pyne, Minister for Education and Training, and Uncle Vic Simms, Elder of the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council, on 20 March 2015.
Minister Pyne's full speech
Media release: National Museum honours Aboriginal warrior Pemulwuy