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This exhibition paid tribute to the eight extraordinary state and territory recipients of the 2020 Australian of the Year Awards, including national winner Dr James Muecke.

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The 2020 Australian of the Year exhibition was developed by the National Museum of Australia in collaboration with the National Australia Day Council. Portrait images supplied by the National Australia Day Council.

The National Australia Day Council would like to thank the following sponsors for their continued support of the Australian of the Year Awards program:

Logos. Australia Post. Woolworths. Department of Health. Department of Home Affairs. ABC. The Sydney Morning Herald. The Age. Financial Review. The Canberra Times. The Land. Newcastle Herald. Border Mail. The Examiner. International Day of People with Disability, Qantas, InterContinental Hotels Group, Australian National University. MinterEllison.

This exhibition was on show at:

  • Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide, South Australia, 24 August to 8 November 2020
  • National Museum of Australia, Canberra, 12 December 2019 to 16 February 2020
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