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Learn about the lives, aspirations and stories of extraordinary Australians through our annual exhibition of objects of personal significance chosen by Australian of the Year recipients from each state and territory.

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
Richard Harris Anaesthetist and cave diver, South Australia, 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
Craig Challen Cave diver and rescuer, Western Australia, 2019 Australian of the Year

Explore the objects

The National Museum 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 display. Each object tells us something about their lives, aspirations and experiences.

Supporters

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
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