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The changing face of Victoria

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


28 March 202031 December 2020
BookingsBookings not required. Tel 03 8664 7099 for more information.
Location Dome Galleries, Level 5
The Dome
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

Please note: The Library's galleries aren't open yet, but you can continue to explore our galleries and exhibitions online.

About the exhibition

Discover the people, places and events that have shaped Victoria. Encounter explorers, gain insights into life on the goldfields, and explore life in Victoria in the 20th and 21st centuries from Bells Beach to Black Saturday.

More than 220 new items from across our collections are now on display in The changing face of Victoria exhibition.

Highlights include:

  • artefacts from infamous Australian bushranger Ned Kelly, including the Jerilderie letter
  • maps, drawings and testimonials from the passenger ships of the gold rush, plus WFE Liardet’s newly restored watercolour View of the north shore, Port of Melbourne 1862
  • packaging, fashion illustrations and advertising posters from Manton’s of Bourke Street and Georges of Collins Street, exploring Melbourne retail trade in the early twentieth century
  • photographs from the ’70s and ’80s of Bells Beach, capturing the crowds and surfers of the famous Rip Curl Surf Pro surfing competition
  • artworks by John Gollings and Peter Wegner exploring the devastating Black Saturday bushfires.