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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.

There are more than 80 new items on display, including work from some of Australia’s finest political cartoonists, a showcase on the history of calisthenics, and a display about two influential Indigenous community leaders, Maggie and Ernest Mobourne, who challenged government policy in the late 1900s.

WWI centenary display:
This dedicated area of the exhibition focuses on Gallipoli and the evacuation of the peninsula. See moving letters, diaries and photographs that reveal the daily life of soldiers on the battlefront, and understand the roles of writing and censorship in the war.

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.

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  • Daily
    10:00am - 5:00pm

  • Suitable for guests who depend on the use of a wheelchair in a seated position at all times