What's your story?

'What's your story' interactive display

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The free What's your story? interactive display was held at the Library's Palmer Hall from 12 March to 24 July 2016. 

The display featured videos of nine fellow Victorians sharing their stories – some personal, some surprising, all of them unique. 

Visitors to the exhibition were invited to share their own stories on special catalogue cards that will become a permanent part of the State Collection, preserved for future generations.

Story highlights

Watch tantalising snippets of stories from fellow Victorians  – some personal, some surprising, all of them unique. 

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Shane

Shane discusses the mutability of roles within a family.

Kaz

Kaz talks about the inspiration that helped her imagine her future as an artist.

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Genevieve

Genevieve recalls the time when she won her dream job.

Lynn

Lynn talks about an occasion when she was overcome by patriotic fervour.

Masoud

Masoud shares the lessons he learned from heartbreak. 

Rex

Rex recalls the moment, sixty years ago, when he first met his wife.

Sam

Sam talks about the day when he learned of his father's death. 

Mikelangelo

Mikelangelo recounts the experience of visiting his ancestral homeland for the first time.

Anne

Anne talks of a transformative moment when she saw a familiar face in a new light.

Nicholas

Nicholas offers a child's-eye perspective on Marvellous Melbourne.

Ann

Ann recalls an unexpected source of excitement during a recent road trip.

Mark

Mark recounts a poignant dream that is his earliest memory.

Marcia

Marcia recounts a turning point in her life that took place a quarter of a century ago, in Cyprus.

Iona

Iona talks of a recent and transformative friendship.

Mehmet

Mehmet talks about acclimatising to Australia after emigrating from Turkey.

Lex

Lex talks about her first exposure to the immensity of the galaxy.

Fatima

Fatima recounts an awkward instance of misunderstanding.

Lestyn

Lestyn recounts treasured memories of going with his father to watch Liverpool Football Club play in the '80s.

Gail

Gail recounts a special friendship with a local milliner.

Callum

Callum talks about the pressure of competing for a place in the under-nineteens lacrosse world games.

Wendy

Wendy tells of an unexpected occurrence during a visit to a Melbourne cafe.

Amiru

Amiru recounts a near miss with a fatal snake!

Tor

Tor tells of a teenage friendship that changed her life.

Ellie

Ellie talks about the significant role that chess has played in his life.