This year, MFB is celebrating two significant milestones relating to women’s contribution to fire and rescue services: 30 years of female firefighters and 35 years of women in operational communications.

In recognition, MFB has completed an oral history project to develop a travelling and online exhibition documenting this aspect of our history. This website complements the travelling exhibition, which will travel around Melbourne from October 2018.

The exhibition highlights the positive contribution operational women have made to MFB, and captures how women and men have worked together to make MFB the great organisation it is today.

This exhibition was created by MFB in collaboration with Way Back When and Tiny Empire Collective.


MFB is proud to partner with organisations to showcase our exhibition. The following schedule provides current opportunities for you to view the exhibition:


Foyer Exhibition Space
Hobsons Bay Civic Centre
115 Civic Parade, Altona, 3018
Date: September 1st  – October 31st 2019
Time: 9AM – 5PM, Monday to Friday.
Cost: Free

Preston Library
266 Gower Street
Preston VIC 3072
Date: Wed 4 March – Wed 1 April 2020
Time: Monday - Wednesday 10AM – 8PM,
Thursday 10AM – 10PM, Friday 10AM – 8PM,
Saturday 10AM – 4PM and Sunday 11AM –5PM
Cost: Free


Fire Services Museum Victoria
39 Gisborne Street, East Melbourne
Date: Oct 25th- Nov 16th 2018
Time: Thursdays and Fridays 9AM-3PM and Sundays 10AM-4PM
Cost: Adults $10 Children, Seniors & Students $8, Families (2 adults, 2 children) $18. No charge for pre-schoolers.

Royal Historical Society of Victoria
Drill Hall, 239 A’Beckett St, Melbourne
Date: January 25th - February 22nd 2019
Time: 9AM – 5PM, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)
Cost: Free

Federation Square
The Atrium, Swanston Street, Melbourne
Date: 8 March, 2019
Time: 9AM - 3PM
Cost: Free

Library at the Dock
107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands
Date: March 20th – May 9th 2019
Time: 8AM – 7PM, Monday to Friday. 10AM – 5PM, Saturday and 12PM-5PM Sunday
Cost: Free

ANZ Centre  
Upper Ground Floor
833 Collins Street, Docklands
Date: July 9th –11th 2019
Time: 9AM – 5PM, Tuesday to Thursday
Cost: Free

101 Collins Street
Foyer Exhibition Space
101 Collins Street, Melbourne
Date: July 12th – July 24th 2019
Time: 7AM – 7PM, Monday to Friday
Cost: Free

AFAC Conference 2019
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf
Date: August 27th- August 30th 2019
Time: 9AM-5PM
Cost: Conference Pass

If you are interested in partnering with MFB by hosting our exhibition please email us: events@mfb.vic.gov.au