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The changing face of Victoria

Wednesday 1 January 2014 - Wednesday 31 December 2014
Not required. Tel 03 8664 7099 for more information.
Dome Galleries
Levels 4 & 5, Main entry, Swanston St
Has wheelchair access

WWI centenary display

From August 2014 to May 2018, The changing face of Victoria exhibition features a dedicated area highlighting the experience of Victorians during World War I. The annually changing displays explore both the home front and stories of Victorians abroad. In 2014, the display focuses on material relating to the outbreak of war and the Gallipoli campaign, including diaries, letters, realia, maps, posters and postcards. Hear the words of Australian servicemen and women brought to life through a moving audio-visual presentation, The Great War – personal stories.

Kaz Cooke – what have you come as?

Raiment & regalia, a display by the Melbourne cartoonist and author Kaz Cooke, will feature in The changing face of Victoria exhibition from November 2014 to November 2015. A 2013 Creative Fellow, Kaz shares her discoveries in the Library’s collections, revealing what people wore to show who they are, what they support and where they belong. The result is a treasure trove of accoutrements spanning three centuries, from posh outfits to cafeteria uniforms, RAAF scarf maps to fancy dress, footy jumpers to jewellery – and a communist sock. A companion blog is at

Permanent exhibition

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 during the 20th and 21st centuries to life.

Opening hours

This free exhibition is open 10am–5pm daily.