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This exhibition paid tribute to the eight extraordinary state and territory recipients of the 2019 Australian of the Year Awards, including national winners Richard Harris and Craig Challen.

The exhibition featured personal objects chosen by the finalists for their significance and ability to communicate something special about their lives and experiences.

Craig Challen Cave diver and rescuer, Western Australia, 2019 Australian of the Year
Richard Harris Anaesthetist and cave diver, South Australia, 2019 Australian of the Year
Virginia Haussegger Journalist and women’s advocate, Australian Capital Territory, 2019 Australian of the Year
Kurt Fearnley Athlete and disability spokesperson, New South Wales, 2019 Australian of the Year
Michael Long AFL champion and community leader, Northern Territory, 2019 Australian of the Year
Jon Rouse Child exploitation investigator, Queensland, 2019 Australian of the Year
Bernadette Black Advocate for teenage parents, Tasmania, 2019 Australian of the Year
Mark Sullivan Developer of affordable medicines, Victoria, 2019 Australian of the Year


The 2019 Australian of the Year exhibition was developed by the National Museum of Australia in collaboration with the National Australia Day Council. Portrait images courtesy 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:

This exhibition has been on show at:

  • National Museum of Australia, Canberra, 13 December 2018 to 17 February 2019
  • Shellharbour City Museum, New South Wales, 10 April to 27 May 2019
  • Cobb+Co Museum, Toowoomba, Queensland, 4 July to 14 August 2019
  • Casuarina Library, Darwin, Northern Territory, 21 August to 15 September 2019
  • Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre, Katherine, Northern Territory, 20 September to 26 October 2019
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