The Victorian Soldier Settlement Scheme was heralded as a new beginning. Servicemen and women returning from fighting in World War 1 were offered blocks of farm land to help rebuild their lives. This exhibition uncovers the fascinating stories of these soldier settlers.

Some farms and communities flourished, but many others faced great hardships. By 1939, 60% had walked off the land. Discover Victoria’s little known inter-war history, and find out how the Soldier Settler Scheme helped shape the landscape we know today.

Soldier On: WW1 Soldier Settler Stories features records from the state archives of Public Record Office Victoria revealing previously untold stories of the Victorian soldier settler experience.

Discover your WW1 soldier settler ancestors at

Closed 28 February 2017


Soldier On: WW1 Soldier Settler Stories is presented by Old Treasury Building in partnership with Public Record Office Victoria, and is supported by the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund.



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Start Date: 19 November 2015

End Date: 28 February 2017

Soldier Settlement exhibition 'Soldier On: WWI Soldier Settler Stories' at Old Treasury Building. Photo courtesy of Mary Chandler.