Image Symbols of Australia

TLF ID M006953

This resource explores some of the symbols Australians have chosen to represent themselves and their nation. The website is based on an exhibition at the National Museum of Australia.




Educational details

Educational value
  • Australian symbols featured on this website are the kangaroo, wattle, flag, Uluru, boomerang, Sydney Harbour Bridge, billy, Holden, Southern Cross and Vegemite. More than 70 images are available in slideshows based on the themes kangaroo, wattle, flag and Sydney Harbour Bridge. The website also includes links to additional education resources and further readings.
  • Nations use symbols to represent and celebrate their distinctive qualities and to define and express national identity. To be effective abroad, a nation's symbols must be embraced at home. Australia became a nation only in 1901, but over time has accrued many symbols to represent itself, ranging from natural symbols such as our distinctive flora, fauna, and landscapes to official symbols of state such as the flag and coat of arms, and the everyday such as Vegemite, thongs and the Holden car.
Year level

2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12

Learning area
  • The Arts
  • English
  • Studies of society and environment
  • Values education
  • History

Other details

Contributors
  • Contributor
  • Name: National Museum of Australia
  • Organization: National Museum of Australia
  • Description: content provider
  • Address: ACT, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.nma.gov.au
  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: National Museum of Australia
  • Organization: National Museum of Australia
  • Address: ACT, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.nma.gov.au
  • Publisher
  • Name: National Museum of Australia
  • Organization: National Museum of Australia
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: ACT, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.nma.gov.au
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
Access profile
  • Generic
Learning Resource Type
  • Image
Rights
  • © Education Services Australia Ltd and the National Museum of Australia, 2010 (except where otherwise indicated). You may view, display, print out and copy this material for non-commercial educational purposes provided you retain all acknowledgements associated with the material.