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Horses in Australia

From our blog

The show must go on!

By Laura Breen
06 Mar 2014
There’s a new horsey face to be seen around our Mitchell repository this week. This champion racehorse is a bright chestnut with polished hooves, silky mane...

Road Rage: Bike vs Horse

By Daniel Oakman
27 Feb 2014
In December 1889, Dr G. A. Thorne from Melbourne found himself with a spare fortnight at his disposal. A keen bike rider, he decided to...

Horse prose: Banjo Paterson’s legacy

By Jennifer Wilson
17 Feb 2014
Today marks 150 years since the birth of Australian poet Andrew Barton ‘Banjo’ Paterson. Given that the talented horse rider took his pen name ‘Banjo’...

About horses in Australia

Australia just wouldn't be the same without horses. These beautiful animals have played a key role in shaping our culture, society and environment. The National Museum of Australia is currently exploring this history with a new project, Horses in Australia, focusing on our nation's equine and equestrian heritage.

Man feeding horse at Tom Quilty event.

About Horses in Australia

More on our equine project and the enduring connection between horses and humans in Australia.
Man and rider sculpture


Details of our forthcoming exhibition, including concept designs and themes.

1867 Queen's plate cup


From cups won by champions, to a quilt embroidered by a teenage girl.

Side profile of a horse

Get involved

Support the project and share your stories about Australia's horses.

Horses in a field near Innamincka

Our people

Meet the team working on the Horses in Australia project.


People and the Environment

Horses in Australia is part of the National Museum's People and the Environment program. Discover more stories about people's relationships with Australia's natural and built environments on our People and the Environment website.