One Year On

One Year On – Stories of COVID-19 in Melbourne's Suburbs is a digital snapshot of stories collected across the suburbs of Melbourne in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

From challenges and hardships through to examples of neighbourly kindness, hope, and resilience, this selection of stories speaks to a wide range of themes including volunteerism, community life, the emergence of new traditions, adaptations to education and work, isolation, creative and artistic responses to the pandemic and First Peoples healthcare and knowledge systems.


One Year On – Stories of COVID-19 in Melbourne is a partnership between Museums Victoria and the Office for Suburban Development that was established in July 2020 with an aim to collect and document how individuals and neighbourhoods have adapted to life with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

In late 2020-early 2021, Melburnians were invited to submit their stories to the Office for Suburban Development (via Engage Victoria), and subsequently, a selection of these stories was curated and collected by staff at Museums Victoria. All the stories presented on this digital display have been acquired into Museums Victoria’s State Collection via the museum’s Collecting the Curve: COVID-19 Pandemic Collection.

We would like to thank the individuals and community members who shared their stories and experiences with us. 

You can read more about the stories of Victorians and the One Year On digital display on the Museums Victoria website.

See the rest of the One Year On digital display