Along the Birdsville Track, near Birdsville, Queensland

A stunning collection of photographs from Australia’s outback, bush and coast is making its way to the Museum of the Great Southern.

A Portrait of Australia: Stories through the lens of Australian Geographic is touring the country as part of a partnership between the National Museum of Australia and Australian Geographic.

The stunning display of large format photographic prints unites the expertise of Australian Geographic’s acclaimed photographers and the National Museum’s interpretive storytelling experience.

Museum of the Great Southern Regional Manager Catherine Salmaggi said the Museum has selected from a collection of 60 photographs to share Great Southern stories – and the stories of the nation.

“This stunning collection of images captures the true essence of Australia, and each photograph gives the viewer a true glimpse of its people and the remarkable beauty of our landscapes,” Ms Salmaggi said.

The exhibition was drawn from a book A Portrait of Australia, which was produced to celebrate 30 years of Australian Geographic’s magazine.

National Museum director, Dr Mathew Trinca, said, “This is a marvellous opportunity to take Australian stories to venues around the country by combining the National Museum’s exhibition and curatorial expertise with Australian Geographic’s 30 years of unparalleled photographic coverage of Australia’s land, nature and people.”

“This exhibition celebrates the bush, the outback, the coast and the people who live and work there. Featuring photographs from the Australian Geographic archive, it will transport you to some of the most rugged and remote parts of the country where you will discover the remarkable stories of ordinary Australians,” Dr Trinca said.

Australian Geographic’s editor in chief, Chrissie Goldrick, said, “We are thrilled to be partnering with the National Museum of Australia. Both organisations strive to tell authentic Australian stories using the very finest storytelling methods, whether it be words, images or objects. These beautifully presented exhibitions transform our words and pictures into a truly immersive experience.”

A Portrait of Australia will be on display in the Eclipse Building at the Museum of the Great Southern from Saturday 20 November 2021 to Sunday 6 February 2022.

Entry to the Museum is by donation.


Media contact:
Yoshika Kon