2020 was an unprecedented year, from extreme bushfires to a global pandemic. In country Victoria, these challenges, combined with persistent drought and adverse international trade conditions, struck at the heart of many regional industries and communities. We plan to document country Victoria’s stories of courage and loss while these experiences are still vivid. We are asking for your help to raise $100,000 before 30 June to support the commissioning of regional photographers and oral history specialists, allowing the Library to capture history as it happens and build the State Collection.
For 165 years State Library Victoria has collected the social history of Victoria in ordinary and extraordinary times. From the earliest days of the Library’s pictures collection, commissioned photography has captured moments of contemporary life. Communities across Victoria should have the opportunity to add their experiences to the state’s memory. We need your help to build an important new archive for future generations, one focused on country Victoria during this unique moment in history. All donations, large or small, can make an impact and will be gratefully accepted.
In 2020, State Library Victoria commissioned photographers Tiffany Garvie, Fabiana Guerreiro, Aldona Kmieć and James Wiltshire to capture the stories of residents in Victorian regional towns. Captured through a local lens, these images share moments of regional life, as communities still reeling from devastating droughts and bushfires faced a new challenge of a global pandemic. Our online gallery and an onsite display in the Victoria Gallery provides a glimpse of the images captured in this extraordinary time. Your support will help commission more local photographers and oral historians across Victoria to document their communities in 2021 and beyond.