Objects Through Time

Objects through Time traces the history of migration of people, technology and ideas to our shores through a collection significant objects, spanning a 60,000 year time frame.

It begins with the first migrants, the Aboriginal people who discovered and settled Australia, the Macassan and European explorers, sailors and navigators who mapped it and the waves of 19th and 20th century migrants who built it. All these people have written the story of modern Australia. The story concludes with the Friendship Stick made especially by Aboriginal artists Gavin Flick, Alana and Jai Rose for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

This fascinating and thought provoking exhibition examines key events in the long history of migration to Australia through objects that speak to us about our past. It explores important places and events in Australian migration history and introduces the people who have shaped Australia’s rich and diverse cultural identity.

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