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The National Museum of Australia is unveiling a series of commemorative plaques representing Defining Moments.
Snowy Mountains Scheme
The Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme was honoured as a Defining Moment in Australian History with the presentation of a commemorative plaque in Cooma on 19 March 2017.
This plaque honours the Mabo decision, which was handed down by the High Court of Australia on 3 June 1992 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
This plaque commemorates the Aboriginal warrior Pemulwuy who led a resistance movement against European settlement from 1792 until his death in 1802.
It was unveiled in the Museum’s Main Hall by the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, 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
A plaque marking Captain Arthur Phillip’s establishment of the convict settlement at Sydney Cove in 1788 was unveiled in the Museum's Main Hall by the Hon Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister of Australia, at the launch of the Defining Moments in Australian History project on 29 August 2014.