It’s sixty years since New Zealand gelding Rising Fast won the Melbourne Cup.
What happens to racehorses when they leave the track?
Last week I was contacted by a number of people critical of our decision to display of a can of ‘Horsielicious’, created by the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR), in the Spirited: Australia’s Horse Story exhibition. The can was used in 2014 protests aimed at raising awareness of the need for a ‘retirement plan’ for horses involved in racing.
On August 1st, all Australian horses mark their official birthdays. To celebrate the occasion, we’ve installed a striking, life-size equine sculpture in the Museum’s Main Hall, and are calling on Australians to tweet stories and images of how they are celebrating their horse’s birthday.
It’s 145 years since James Ferrier won this silver medal in a ploughing match at Coleraine, Victoria. So … who’s the guy in the wig?
Is there a ‘dark side’ to the presence of horses in Australia? Continue reading
When Museum Friend John Thwaite read about the Horses in Australia project in our ‘The Museum’ magazine he thought we might be interested in a 1938 photograph of the delivery teams at his family’s bakery, the Goulburn Crust Bread Company. John recently had this treasured photograph restored and digitally copied, and in this guest post shares its story.
How does a tree get a name – and a portrait?
We need your help to name our exhibition about horses in Australia.
The Horses in Australia project team has just returned from Equitana 2013 - one of the major events on the Australian horse calender. Held every year, alternating between capital city venues, the event combines commercial exhibits, horse-themed entertainment, and a range of competitions, demonstrations, presentations and clinics.
Australia just wouldn’t be the same without horses. These beautiful animals have played a key role in shaping our culture, society and environment, and the National Museum of Australia is now exploring this history with a new project, Horses in Australia, focusing on our nation’s equine and equestrian heritage.
The Horses in Australia project website has just gone live.