Objects speak a thousand words

Grace Tame’s object. The notebook containing the first 5000 signatures petitioning for Australian law reform around sexual assault. (Deanna Corrieri)

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THE Albany Public Library is displaying a collection of hand selected objects that hold meaningful stories about the 2021 Australian of the Year Award winners.  

A bronze nozzle from a firefighting hose, a well-travelled statuette of Ganesh and a symbolic painting are among the eight objects selected in the annual celebration of the award winners.  

Albany is the first city to hold the Australian of the Year Award exhibition, which is touring Western Australia for the first time ever.

City of Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington said it was a privilege to have the Australian of the Year Award exhibit in Albany.

“Recipients of the Australian of the Year Awards are something of the most inspiring individuals in the country, with this exhibition making the stories of their journeys more accessible to us,” he said.

“These eight objects reflect the personal values and beliefs of the eight recipients whether it be their culture, land, personal history, identity or fights for justice and allow us to engage with their stories more closely.”

“I encourage the community to get to the Albany Public Library to experience this limited exhibition and experience the stories of those Australian’s who are changing our society for the better.”

Recipients of the Australian of the Year Award 2021 include; Dr Wendy Page (Northern Territory), Grace Tame (Tasmania), Donna Stolzenberg (Victoria), Tanya Hosch (South Australia), Professor Brendan Murphy (Australian Capital Territory), Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons AFSM (New South Wales), Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM (Queensland) and Professor Helen Milroy (Western Australia).

The exhibition will be on display until the end of May before heading to the State Library of WA. 

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