Wartime stories from the Royal Exhibition Building

During World War II, the Royal Exhibition Building (or Exhibition Buildings, as the complex was known then) was occupied by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), as a barracks and training base.

Thousands of Women's Auxiliary Air Force and RAAF personnel passed through its great hall in those war years, making the best of cramped conditions in the once-grand buildings.

When the war ended, some left behind personal belongings, while others carried their memories with them—passing them on to the next generation.

These are some of their stories.

This project is made possible thanks to the support of the Victorian Government.