This exhibition paid tribute to the eight extraordinary Australians chosen as the 2018 Australian of the Year finalists, including national winner Michelle Simmons. The exhibition featured personal objects chosen by the finalists for their significance and ability to communicate something special about their lives and experiences.
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.
A special trophy is given to each state and territory recipient across the four Australian of the Year Award categories.
For 2018 a new design was commissioned as part of a special partnership between the National Australia Day Council and the Australian National University.
Produced by the ANU School of Art and Design, the glass was cast in moulds created using 3-D printing technology, then handworked and polished.
The multifaceted design represents the many elements that shape Australian society, embodying a nation that is confident in its leadership, contemporary in its outlook and distinguished by its diverse community.
The brilliant blue colour symbolises the Australian sky, under which we are united, and the splashes of colour identify the category for which the trophy is awarded. Red for Australian of the Year, green for Senior Australian of the Year, yellow for Young Australian of the Year and blue for Australia’s Local Hero.
The 2018 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.
This exhibition has been on show at:
- Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, Queensland, 11 August to 6 October 2018
- Geelong Regional Library and Heritage Centre, Victoria, 9 June to 4 August 2018
- State Library of SA, South Australia, 23 March to 3 June 2018
- National Museum of Australia, Canberra, 15 December 2017 to 18 February 2018