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Changing Times

Coming soon
1968: Changing Times
1 March 2018 to 12 August 2018,


Exhibition Gallery, Ground floor


No booking required

Sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll…and a missing prime minister.

1968 was a momentous year. Not only was it the year the National Library's beautiful building opened, it was a time of tumultuous events, from the wars in Vietnam and Nigeria to the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy and, at home here in Australia, the disappearance of Prime Minister Harold Holt, which remains to this day one of our greatest mysteries.

There was a strong sense that the world was rapidly changing, from politics and women's rights to fashion and music. While The Beatles, Cream and Hendrix beamed over the radio, there was growing unrest about conscription for overseas military service. ..and many other things.

Where was the world headed?

The opening of the Library’s new building in Canberra in August 1968 was a moment of national pride and achievement in the midst of this turbulent time.

Revisit the 60s with us as we celebrate the building's 50th birthday, reflecting on what was happening in the world, in Australia, and in Canberra at the time.

Opens 1 March 2018