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Velvet, Iron, Ashes

Our inaugural Victoria Gallery exhibition explored surprising connections between extraordinary people, events and icons from Victoria’s history. 

Velvet, Iron, Ashes showed how the armour of infamous bushranger Ned Kelly is connected to cricket’s celebrated Ashes Urn, how fairy floss is connected to Victoria’s Latrobe Valley electricity industry, and why the granddaughter of one of our prime ministers once wore a glittering velvet cloak symbolising the Murray–Darling irrigation scheme.

The exhibition was held in the Victoria Gallery from 24 October 2019 to 15 July 2020.