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Australian of the Year exhibition 2018

Each year our nation celebrates the achievements and contribution of extraordinary Australians through the Australian of the Year Awards. These leading citizens are role models who inspire and challenge us all to create a better Australia.

The National Museum of Australia uses objects to tell stories, to connect with others and make us think. We asked Australian of the Year recipients from each state and territory to choose an object of personal significance that communicates something about their lives, aspirations and experiences. Here are their stories.

This exhibition was developed by the National Museum of Australia in collaboration with the National Australia Day Council. Portrait images courtesy National Australia Day Council.

Tour dates

The exhibition was on show at:

  • Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, Queensland, 11 August – 6 October 2018
  • Geelong Regional Library and Heritage Centre, Victoria, 9 June – 4 August 2018
  • State Library of SA, South Australia, 23 March – 3 June 2018
  • National Museum of Australia, Canberra from 15 December 2017 – 18 February 2018
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