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Explore Australian history since European settlement in Landmarks: People and Places across Australia. Discover stories of people and places across the continent on our ground and lower ground floors.

Delve deeper into the Museum's collection, to explore more about the first British colonies established in Aboriginal lands, how settlers spread out across the continent, discovered gold, developed democracy, expanded agriculture, mining and manufacturing, and built the highly urbanised nation we know today.

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Sunshine Harvester Works Learn about the Melbourne suburb that was the home of the Sunshine Harvester Works.
Flemington on Cup Day Explore the workings and discover the wonders of Flemington Racecourse on Melbourne Cup Day.
Exploring the world at Port Macquarie Scientific and historical inquiry inspired by a special place on the NSW coast.
Defining Moments: Eureka Stockade 5:49

The story of gold miners who rebelled against the Victorian government

Defining Moments: Bealiba gold nugget 5:15

A lucky find near Bendigo, which was at the heart of the 1850s gold rushes

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