Victorians have regularly served in international conflicts, whether as soldiers and peacekeepers overseas or by supporting the nation’s war efforts as civilians on the home front.
State Library Victoria houses photographs, letters and diaries that record the experiences of many Victorians at war, in particular during WWI and WWII.
The largest individual collection is the Argus Newspaper Collection of photographs relating to WWII. The Argus was one of Melbourne's major daily newspapers and was published between 1846 and 1957.
Donated to the Library by the Age newspaper in 1976, the Argus Newspaper Collection comprises 60,000 photographs, of which 16,000 deal with Australians at war.
This image gallery presents an overview of items reflecting the theme of Victorians at war that have been on display in The Changing Face of Victoria exhibition since it opened in 2004.
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