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1968: Changing Times

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

1968 was momentous. A time of tumultuous world events, including the Vietnam War and the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy.

At home in Australia, we struggled with the fallout from the December 1967 disappearance of Prime Minister Harold Holt and growing unrest about conscription for overseas military service.

From Hendrix’s blistering solos and far-out fashions to a swinging counter-culture, there was a strong sense that the world was rapidly changing. Where were we headed?

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

Revisit the 1960s as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the building’s opening, and reflect on what was happening in the world, in Australia and in Canberra at the time.

Dates and times:

From 1 March 2018 to 12 August 2018

Sun 12th:10.00 to 17.00
Sat 11th:10.00 to 17.00
Fri 10th:10.00 to 17.00
Thu 9th:10.00 to 17.00
Wed 8th:10.00 to 17.00
Tue 7th:10.00 to 17.00
Mon 6th:10.00 to 17.00
Contact operator for further dates and times


Phone:02 6262 1111


National Library of Australia
Parkes Place West
Parkes  ACT  2600


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