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Horses in Australia

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A photo finish…

By Jennifer Wilson
17 Mar 2015
After six months on show, the Spirited horses are returning to their stables and paddocks for a well-earned rest. From 11 September 2014 to 9 March 2015, over 52,000 people visited...

Making ‘Silent Conversation’

By Martha Sear
16 Feb 2015
At the heart of the Spirited: Australia’s horse story exhibition is the question ‘how has the connection between horses and humans shaped life this country?’...

Phar Lap was a horse

By George Main
04 Feb 2015
Isa Menzies is a PhD candidate at the Australian National University, where she is examining how museums in Australia and New Zealand have interpreted horse remains,...

Horses in Australia

This National Museum of Australia project focuses on Australia's equine and equestrian heritage. More about Horses in Australia

Photo of a horses head. Image: © Matthew Seed - The Horse Photographer. Text reads: 'Spirited: Australia's Horse Story'

Past exhibition

More on Spirited at the National Museum.

 A man feeding a horse.

Share your horse story

Share your memories and experiences.

1867 Queen's plate cup


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

A man riding a horse at a rodeo


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A young girl leading a pony

My pony club story

Share your pony club story and photo with us.

Neale Lavis with racehorse Warri, at his property near Braidwood.

Bush horses and riders

A research project exploring the origins and passion for bush riding in Australia.

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.