State Library of Victoria
A Place Called Victoria
State Library of Victoria


The State Library of Victoria is uniquely placed to tell the story of Victoria and its changing face. From its earliest days to the present, the Library has collected key items, documents and images that record the history and development of Victoria, and inform our understanding of who we are. These sites draw on materials from the State Library's rich and diverse collections to tell a series of tales about the people, places and events that have shaped a place called Victoria.

A Place Called Victoria

Burke and Wills

From Melbourne to Carpentaria, these men led one of Australia's largest expeditions to explore the country's interior.


Eric Thake

This little known artist lived most of his life in Melbourne, a city that was an endless source of inspiration for his art.

Mission Voices

The unique experiences of Victorian Aboriginal (Koorie) people living on six mission and reserve sites across the state. A collaboration with the Koorie Heritage Trust Inc, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. (external site)


Edna Walling

A portrait of one of Australia's most influential landscape designers using the Library's collection of Edna Walling's photographs, garden plans and manuscripts. A collaboration with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. (external site)


Victorians at War

The experiences and recollections of 20 Victorians are told through interviews and material held in the Library's collections. A collaboration with the Department of Veteran Affairs. (external site)




Last updated:  21 April 2009 
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