Celebrate the eight extraordinary state and territory recipients of the 2023 Australian of the Year Awards. Learn about their lives, aspirations and experiences through objects of personal significance.
Explore the objects
The National Museum of Australia uses objects to tell stories, to connect with others and make us think. We asked the Australian of the Year recipients from each state and territory to choose an object of personal significance to go on display. Each object tells us something about their lives, aspirations and experiences.
The 2023 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: