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Soil sample from a 'sod' turned by the Prime Minister John Howard on the site of the National Museum of Australia and Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies on 1 October 1998

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Soil sample from a 'sod' turned by the Prime Minister John Howard on the site of the National Museum of Australia and Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies on 1 October 1998

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Physical description

Soil sample from a 'sod' turned by the Prime Minister John Howard on the site of the National Museum of Australia and Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies on the 1st October 1998.

Statement of significance

The Acton Sod Turning collection includes a ceremonial silver shovel and tub of soil. The shovel was used by the Hon John Howard, Prime Minister of Australia, to turn the first sod on the site of the National Museum of Australia. The sod is the soil sample dug up by Howard during the ceremony. The turning of the sod was to commemorate the commencement of the building works on Acton Peninsula for the cultural precinct encompassing the National Museum of Australia and the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) on 1st October, 1998.

The Acton Sod turning collection is primarily significant in that it represents, after decades of discussion and debate on the subject, the first physical developments of a National Museum of Australia on Acton Peninsula. As such, the objects are central to establishing a core history of the NMA itself as a repository for objects of national importance.

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