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This exhibition celebrates the eight extraordinary state and territory recipients of the 2020 Australian of the Year Awards, including national winner Dr James Muecke. Learn about their lives, aspirations and experiences through objects of personal significance.

On show at:

  • Waverley Library Galleries, Bondi Junction, New South Wales, 18 March to 19 May 2020
James Muecke Eye surgeon and blindness prevention pioneer, 2020 Australian of the Year
Katrina Fanning Women’s rugby league pioneer, Australian Capital Territory, 2020 Australian of the Year
Munjed Al Muderis Orthopaedic surgeon and human rights advocate, New South Wales, 2020 Australian of the Year
Geoffrey Thompson Sports physician and flying doctor, Northern Territory, 2020 Australian of the Year
Rachel Downie Educator and social entrepreneur, Queensland, 2020 Australian of the Year
Jess Melbourne-Thomas Marine, Antarctic and climate scientist, Tasmania, 2020 Australian of the Year
Archie Roach Musician and storyteller, Victoria, 2020 Australian of the Year
Annie Fogarty Philanthropist, Western Australia, 2020 Australian of the Year

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Meet the Australians nominated for senior, young and local hero awards.

Supporters

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 has been on show at:

  • National Museum of Australia, Canberra, 12 December 2019 to 16 February 2020
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