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What are the symbols that define us as Australians? Symbols are often used to represent a distinctive national identity, but we all have our own ideas about what they are. Moreover, national symbols change over time as attitudes and values shift.

Here at the National Museum of Australia we have identified eight symbols which we think many Australians will connect with.

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KangarooA screen print and gouache painting on paper. The design features a kangaroo on a black rectangle with a blue border and another black and blue border around the outer edge. The text underneath the black rectangle reads 'kangaroo / Balarinji Australia'. A yellow post-it note adhered to the back reads '3032'.
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