Winslow’s Roller Skates and packaging, belonging to Ruby Beyer at the age of 22 months, 1889, Realia

The changing face of Victoria

Dates: 18 Dec 2013 - 31 Dec 2014

Address: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Phone: 03 8664 7099  


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.

The exhibition contains a newly donated 133-year-old letter detailing the capture of Ned Kelly at the siege of Glenrowan. The letter is currently on public display with an iPad which allows users to view more than 60 pages of content and images of Ned Kelly including his armour, photos, letters and more through a new Ned Kelly app.

Content: State Library of Victoria


This is a free event.

Local directions

Dome galleries, Levels 4 and 5, Main entry, Swanston St


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