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Defining Moments in Australian History

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Project launch

The Hon Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister of Australia, launched the Defining Moments in Australian History project on 29 August 2014 at the National Museum of Australia.

Mr Paul House, Ngambri Custodian

Ngambri custodian, Mr Paul House, gave the Welcome to Country address.

Read the transcript of Paul House's address

Mr Daniel Gilbert AM, Chair, Council of the National Museum of Australia

Mr Daniel Gilbert AM, Chair of the Council of the National Museum of Australia, introduced the event to launch the Defining Moments in Australian History project.

Read the transcript of Daniel Gilbert's introduction

Mr Michael Ball AO, co-patron of the project

Mr Michael Ball AO is co-patron of the Defining Moments project along with the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG.  Mr Ball spoke about the inception and development of the project.

Read the speech by Michael Ball

Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, Attorney-General and Minister for the Arts

As Minister for the Arts, Senator Brandis introduced the Prime Minister.

Read the introduction by Senator George Brandis

The Hon Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister of Australia

In his speech, the Prime Minister spoke of the importance of Governor Arthur Phillip's establishment of the convict colony at Sydney in 1788 and compared his significance to modern Australia as George Washington is to the modern United States.

 

Read the speech by The Hon. Tony Abbott

Mr Abbott then unveiled a plaque marking Captain Arthur Phillip’s establishment of the convict settlement at Sydney Cove.  More Defining Moments will be commemorated with plaques over the life of the project.

Read the closing words by Daniel Gilbert