The changing face of Victoria

Visit a remarkable free exhibition that tells the stories of the people, places and events that have shaped Victoria.

01 January 201731 December 2017
Bookings not required. Tel 03 8664 7099 for more information.
LocationDome Galleries, Level 5
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

Discover the people, places and events that have shaped Victoria. See Ned Kelly's armour; encounter explorers and early settlers; gain insights into life on the goldfields; and explore aspects of daily life in Victoria in the 20th and 21st centuries.

New exhibits

More than 80 new items from across our collections are now on display in our Changing face of Victoria exhibition. Highlights include:

  • photographs by the legendary Rhonda Senbergs from the 1970s and ’80s
  • WWI images from Australia’s first official war photographers George Wilkins and Frank Hurley
  • pictures and clippings about demolished Melbourne sites from the archives of Whelan the Wrecker
  • a display about two influential Indigenous community leaders, Maggie and Ernest Mobourne, who challenged government policy in the early 1900s
  • scrapbooks and souvenirs from the 1867–68 Australian royal tour of Queen Victoria’s second son, Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh.

Permanent exhibition

Journey through Victoria’s past as you sift through photographs, personal accounts and artefacts from first settlement to today. Meet historic characters from infamous bushranger Ned Kelly to ill-fated explorers Burke and Wills, and learn about the everyday lives of generations of Victorians. New items and stories are added to this exhibition twice yearly, revealing different aspects of the Library's historic collection.

Opening hours

This free exhibition is open 10am–6pm daily except Thursdays, when it is open until 9pm.

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