Heritage Rooms and Exhibitions

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Williamstown Library is the home base for Hobsons Bay Libraries Heritage Collection. The library’s Heritage Room houses special collections and microform readers and features a regularly changing array of local history exhibitions.

A team of specialist staff is on hand to assist with your research on family and local history. You can submit a research enquiry online or email heritage@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au to make an appointment with a member of our experienced heritage team.

If you are interested in having an exhibition in our heritage room, please email heritage@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au.



Current Exhibitions

Visit our Heritage Room and upstairs Gallery at Williamstown Library to view any of our current local history exhibitions, listed below. If you are interested in having an exhibition, please email heritage@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au.


Proud to be a Nurse
Williamstown Hospital Trainee Nurses 1900-2022

Nurses Exhibition

Monday 20 February to Thursday 27 April
Heritage Room, Williamstown Library 

Pay tribute to the young nurses and their immeasurable contribution to health care in our community and internationally.

As naive young girls from various socio-economic backgrounds, filled with nervous anticipation about a new adventurous lifestyle and living with complete strangers, the shared experiences of the Williamstown Hospital trainee nurses bonded them to a special sisterhood. On their journey they cared and shared about everything: patients, confidences, clothes, tears, cigarettes, chocolate and shoe polish!

This exhibition explores uniforms, photos and personal collectables through a combination of thematic interpretations, including an ANZAC section, and personal histories.

Explore photos from private collections and search amongst the hundreds of names indexed on the interactive table in the Williamstown Library Heritage Room.