Understanding Victoria is a new series of discussions about key periods and themes in Victoria's history.

These first three discussions are focused on the nature and shape of our democracy:

  • The first discussion is concerned with the impact of the gold rush 1850s - 60s on the formation of the new Colony of Victoria. More information on this discussion, entitled “Disturbing the order of things”, can be accessed via the tile below. 

  • The second discussion will focus on Federation, the creation of the Commonwealth of Australia, from the late 1890s to 1914 and the role of Victoria in this significant moment.

  • The third discussion will cover the period in the 1960s and 1970s when a range of political protest movements, and the surge of migration, challenged and changed the State of Victoria.