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This exhibition paid tribute to the eight extraordinary state and territory recipients of the 2017 Australian of the Year Awards, including national winner Alan MacKay-Sim.

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

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

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.


The 2017 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.

Logos representing supporters of the Australian of the Year Awards 2017

This exhibition was on show at:

  • Newcastle Museum, New South Wales, 14 June to 30 July 2017
  • National Museum of Australia, Canberra, 16 December 2016 to 12 February 2017
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