The Journey begins... 

Australian Journey

Australian Journey offers a map to Australia’s past, present and future,and will take you the length and breadth of the continent.

Australian Journey has been three years in the making, and was filmed across the length and breadth of Australia.

Australian Journey is a web-based video series comprising twelve short, engaging episodes, each focusing on a captivating object from the nation's history. 

Australian Journey is presented by Professor Bruce Scates and Dr Susan Carland. The series involves a unique collaboration between the Australian National University, Monash University and the National Museum of Australia. Over fifty major cultural institutions were involved in the creation of this series. We thank all of them for their support and respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners of all the lands on which filming took place. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this website may contain images of people who have died.




Resources for the Journey

This booklet is produced by the Australian National University as a free educational resource. We gratefully acknowledge Monash University’s leading role in initiating Australian Journey and our... » Find out more

Teaching material

Like the best journeys, start at the beginning. An eight minute introduction will outline the focus and structure of all twelve episodes. Then you can complete the journey in any direction you want... » Find out more

Engaging with objects

The word artefact is derived from the Latin terms ars or artis meaning skilled in joining, and factum meaning to make or do. Thus an artefact can be considered to mean any physical entity that is... » Find out more