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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.

The National Museum of Australia develops this annual exhibition in collaboration with the National Australia Day Council.

2021 Australian of the Year Awards

Learn more about Shane Fitzsimmons, Donna Stolzenberg, Dinesh Palipana, Helen Milroy, Tanya Hosch, Grace Tame, Brendan Murphy and Wendy Page.

Live at the Museum: Australian of the Year exhibition 35:19

Curator Laina Hall on developing the Australian of the Year exhibition and some of her favourite objects and stories.

Australian of the Year conversations
  • Last updated: 25 November 2018
  • 4 programs
Award recipients including David Morrison, Alan Mackay-Sim and Michelle Simmons reflect on their time as Australian of Year, in conjunction with the exhibition developed by the National Museum and the National Australia Day Council.
Rosie Batty in conversation 1:02:15
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