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.
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.
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.
Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, Attorney-General and Minister for the Arts
As Minister for the Arts, Senator Brandis introduced the Prime Minister.
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.
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.