Visitors exploring Memories of the Struggle exhibition. Image in background is Nelson Mandela at Sydney Opera House, 1990 (Newspix).

Memories of the Struggle - Australians Against Apartheid

This powerful exhibition explores Australia’s involvement and leadership in the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa.

In 1994 Nelson Mandela became the first democratically elected president of South Africa. He embodied not only the hopes of his long-suffering people, but also the spirit of thousands of anti-apartheid supporters around the world.

Among these supporters were many Australians. Their stories and memories underpin this exhibition, showcasing the power of people’s voices and protest, and the lengths to which Australian activists went to support and defend this international issue.

See the Springbok rugby jersey worn by Gary Foley, Sir Donald Bradman’s hand written letters to Meredith Burgmann, reproductions of artwork by George Gittoes, memorabilia from Nelson Mandela’s 1990 visit to Australia, new films and interviews, and more.



Daily: 9am - 5pm




  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Carpark
  • Coach Parking
  • Family Friendly
  • Kiosk
  • Lockers
  • Parents Room
  • Public Toilet
  • Restaurant