Charles Boyles, Coburg football club senior team, c 1938–39, gift of Messrs Harley and Colin Boyles
Levels 4 & 5, Main entry, Swanston St
The changing face of Victoria exhibition brings together historical artefacts, photographs, drawings, maps, letters and diaries to tell the stories of the people, places and events that have shaped life in Victoria over the past 200 years.
Located in the Dome Galleries overlooking the magnificent La Trobe Reading Room, the first section of the exhibition focuses on the early years of European settlement, daily life in rural Victoria, and the events and mythology surrounding that most famous Victorian, Ned Kelly.
Items on regular display include key artefacts such as the Batman Deeds, the last notes of Burke and Wills and Ned Kelly's armour.
In addition to these iconic pieces, The changing face of Victoria also features less well-known objects which will change over time. These include photographs, diaries and letters that bring individual people and aspects of everyday Melbourne and Victoria to life.
There are also displays about:
- Redmond Barry, one of the Library's founders
- the establishment of the Melbourne Public Library (now the State Library of Victoria)
- the life and art of Wurundjeri elder, Barak
- the architectural and cultural development of Marvellous Melbourne
Photographs and objects relating to aspects of daily life and culture in Melbourne and Victoria during the 20th and 21st centuries are also on display.
These include features from some of the Library's unique collections, including The Argus newspaper collection of photographs relating to World War II, the WG Alma Conjuring Collection and the Coles Myer archive.
This free exhibition is open 10am–5pm daily.