VU Library celebrates Australia’s neighbours

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Monday 13 August 2018 to Friday 30 November 2018

From 13 August to 30 November, celebrate the culture, language and independence of Australia’s Neighbours with our Special Collections exhibition.

The exhibition at Footscray Park Library celebrates VU Multicultural Week (20-25 August), Popular Consultation Day for Timor-Leste and Independence Day for Papua New Guinea.

The exhibition also highlights VU’s connections with Australia’s neighbours.

Celebrating our neighbours


With the Timor-Leste Collection focusing on the occupation and independence of Timor-Leste, materials on display provide varied perspectives:

Papua New Guinea

The strengths of the PNG and Pacific collection include economics, language, culture, society and history of Papua New Guinea, and materials on display (in the Learning Hub) include:

Pacific Islands

Pacific Islands exhibition

The PNG and Pacific collection also provides insights into the culture and history of the greater Pacific and South East Asian regions – Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and New Caledonia. Materials on display (opposite the lift and stairs) include:

Display materials are just a sample of what’s in the PNG and Pacific collection which contains maps, video recordings and reports for researchers to view.

VU’s connections with Australia’s neighbours

Display materials published by VU scholar Dr Helen Hill include:

The University’s connection with Timor-Leste is also reflected in VU Timor-Leste Alliance, and the joint international conferences with the National University of Timor-Leste, Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa'e (UNTL). See Finding Pathways to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals in Timor-Leste conference recommendations report in Victoria University Research Repository.

Using Special Collections for your research

Researchers from Victoria University, other academic institutions, and the wider community are welcome to use material from the Special Collections at Victoria University. Library Guide VU Special Collections: How to access and use outlines how:

  • Researchers have used the Special Collections for their particular projects, what material they have used and the interesting information they have found.
  • You can look at VU material through Library Search of the Library Catalogue, and refine an online search to Special Collections.
  • You can use archival material in the VU Special Collections.

Access to Special Collections 

Special Collections are research collections. The items can't be borrowed, but may be viewed in the Special Collections reading room on level 4 of the Footscray Park Library. For queries and appointment to view items, please email [email protected].

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Timor Leste Collection


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13 August 2018, 12:00pm to 30 November 2018, 6:00pm


Footscray Park Ballarat Road

Footscray Park Library, level 2, Building P