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Horses in Australia

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Linnaeus in Coleraine

By Martha Sear
14 Jul 2014
It’s 145 years since James Ferrier won this silver medal in a ploughing match at Coleraine, Victoria. So … who’s the guy in the wig?...

Horses in the high country

By Martha Sear
04 Jul 2014
Is there a ‘dark side’ to the presence of horses in Australia? Recently I was contacted by Dianne Thompson who had read about our Horses in...

A horse tricycle and SO much more…!

By Karolina Kilian
03 Jul 2014
The Museum recently acquired a single family’s impressive collection of nearly 350 toys and we are marking the arrival with the display of one of the...

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, Spirited: Australia's Horse Story.

1867 Queen's plate cup


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

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.