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National Motor Museum

Sunburnt Country: Icons of Australian Motoring

Sunburnt Country honours Australia’s iconic vehicles, legendary people, motoring innovation and adventurous journeys. From the novelty of a horseless carriage in 1899 to the 1948 release of ‘Australia’s Own Car’ – the Holden, Sunburnt Country celebrates Australia’s unique love affair with all things motoring. See the vehicles that first conquered Australia’s rugged landscape and vast distances and have kept those in isolated regions in touch with the rest of the world. Australians have embraced motoring as a fundamental part of our lives, and for many, it is an obsession. Read more about Sunburnt Country: Icons of Australian Motoring >

South Australian Maritime Museum

First Voyages: Exploring the Southern Coast

First Voyages: Exploring the southern coast charts a history of exploration from the Greek geographer Ptolemy's ancient speculation about an unknown south land,Terra Australis Incognita,to the completion of the map of Australia. Read more about First Voyages: Exploring the Southern Coast >

Migration Museum

In this place: a history of the Migration Museum site

Take a look at what happened on this site, between the late 1830s and the 1970s. Explore our interactives to discover what life was like for South Australia’s poor in the nineteenth century. Read more about In this place: a history of the Migration Museum site >

History SA

Bound for South Australia

Nine ships, 546 people, on the journey of a lifetime. What was it like to leave your home for a new life on the other side of the world 175 years ago?  Re-live this extraordinary journey, told in their own words from journals, letters and diaries and through the things they brought with them.  Read more about Bound for South Australia >

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