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Ten Australians were among 2,977 people who died as a result of terrorism attacks in the United States on 11 September 2001. The National Museum of Australia has several collections that document the impact of 9/11, including personal stories of loss and commemoration.

An Australian flag found in the rubble of the World Trade Center was loaned to the Australian Consulate-General in New York where it was on display in September 2021 as a gesture of respect to mark the 20th anniversary of the attack.

The Museum also holds material on the 'war on terror', when Australia joined the United States-led forces that invaded Afghanistan and Iraq, and the terrorism attacks in Bali in 2002.

Explore Defining Moments in Australian history


See political cartoons about Australia's alliance with the United States, the invasion of Iraq and the search for weapons of mass destruction.

Bali bombings

Learn about the single largest loss of Australian life due to an act of terror, resulting from the 2002 Jemaah Islamiyah attacks.

13 Sep 2010

September 11: Museums, spontaneous memorial and history

James Gardner discusses museum responses to the spontaneous memorials following the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US. He looks at tensions between memorialising, collecting and interpreting historic events. Also forthcoming in Grassroots Memorials.
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Presenters: James Gardner
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