The NMA has announced the opening of their new gallery: Landmarks: People and Places across Australia.
Bringing together more than 1500 objects, Landmarks explores Australian history since European settlement.
“Every place in Australia has its share of stories. Landmarks takes 34 places and localities and draws out their multiple meanings over generations. There are Indigenous stories, settlement sagas, tales of triumph and failure, of cities and the bush,” said Andrew Sayers, Director of the National Museum of Australia.
A 15.2 tonne rock shovel bucket used in mining iron ore at Mount Tom Price, Western Australia, donated to the National Museum by Rio Tinto in 2010, is one of many striking large objects conveying an important Australian story.
Tiny treasures such as four small pieces of gold, wrapped in a crumpled note expressing ‘many happy returns’ from a digger in the goldfields of the Lachlan Valley, New South Wales evoke the dreams of wealth pursued, within and without the law.
All that plus Phar Lap’s heart and a Holden Prototype No 1.
— Mining equipment, rock shovel bucket from a Terex O&K mining excavator RH-120E, Photo: Jason McCarthy, National Museum of Australia
— Kenya station windmill, Courtesy: Ben Lynes