Enlist in the Sportsmen's 1000

The changing face of Victoria

Dates: 1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2016

Address: State Library Victoria, 328 swanston st, Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Phone: 03 8664 7099  

Email: inquiries@slv.vic.gov.au
Web: slv.vic.gov.au/whats-on/changing-face-victoria

Discover the people, places and events that have shaped Victoria. See Ned Kelly's original armour, read moving diaries and letters from World War One, discover what Coles looked like 100 years ago and delight in the treasures cartoonist Kaz Cooke has uncovered in the Library's realia collection.

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-fate 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.

The World War One display is a dedicated area of the exhibition and highlights the experience of Victorians during the war, at home and abroad. Explore the moving centenary display, which includes letters, diaries, images, maps and more. Hear the words of Australian servicemen and women brought to life through the audio visual presentation, The Great War including personal stories. Until May 2018.

Iconic Melbourne cartoonist Kaz Cooke adds a splash of colour and quirk to The changing face of Victoria exhibition in Kaz Cooke's Raiment and regalia as she explores costumes and character. A Creative Fellow of the Library, Kaz shares discoveries from costume jewellery to cafeteria uniforms, footy jumpers to fancy dress and a communist sock. Check out the companion blog written by Kaz. Until November 2015.

Content: State Library of Victoria


This is a free event.

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