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Australia's national treasures to tour the nation.

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Australia’s national treasures to tour the nation

Ned Kelly’s helmet, the last remaining complete convict’s uniform, Captain James Cook’s Endeavour journal and Sir Donald Bradman’s cricket bat will, for the first time, form part of the one exhibition to tour every Australian state and territory.

The Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator Rod Kemp, launched the National Treasures from Australia’s Great Libraries exhibition at the National Library of Australia in Canberra tonight, bringing together more than 170 precious items from Australia’s rich and colourful past.

“This exhibition brings together a magnificent catalogue of national treasures from the collections of Australia’s greatest libraries,” Senator Kemp said.

“Each of these items tells a unique story of the remarkable people and events that have shaped Australia. They bring our rich history and culture to life in a way that audiences around Australia will be able to enjoy and appreciate in the one place.

Senator Kemp said the National Library of Australia and state and territory libraries had produced an exhibition of meticulously preserved and presented items.

The National Treasures exhibition is based on a series of themes including the history of the Southern Cross in Australian national life, exploration and settlement, land and nature, heroes and villains, war and loss, culture and national obsessions like sport and food.

The exhibition has received Australian Government support including funding from the Visions of Australia program. The exhibition has also been indemnified through the Australian Government’s Art Indemnity Australia program.

More information on the National Treasures exhibition is at and on the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia and Art Indemnity Australia programs is at

The exhibition will be displayed at the National Library of Australia from 3 December 2005 until 12 February 2006, and will travel to all states and territories from March until August 2007.


2nd December 2005