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Monday to Friday: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
(excl. public holidays)
The second and last Saturday of every month

29th May Fast Facts

Our most easterly Place of Deposit is the Mallacoota Historical Society, Mallacoota Bunker Museum.

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Public Record Office Victoria holds a vast array of records created by Victorian Government departments and authorities including the State’s courts, local councils, schools, public hospitals and other public offices.

The records date from the establishment of the Port Phillip District in the mid 1830s right through to today and include information relating to areas of activity managed or regulated by government such as the administration of justice, immigration, health and welfare, land, education, Indigenous communities, planning, transport, and resource management.

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Vicki Couzens, Untitled, mixed media on paper, 2005.

Aboriginal records of the Victorian archives

National Reconciliation Week National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is celebrated across Australia each year between the 27th of May and the 3rd of June commemorating the anniversaries of the 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision. The week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared history. The Koorie Records Unit at Public Record […]

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Complete our Satisfaction Survey – We just need 5 minutes

Please help us complete our quarterly visitor satisfaction survey. These survey results help us improve our services in the Reading Room and online. How long you ask? 5 minutes.  Why?  Because you’ll go in the draw for a special PROV bag of ‘archival’ goodies (books, videos, magnets, pads of paper).  Now you’re excited.    Create […]

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Photographs from VPRS 16682, the left shows the Far East Gippsland rural circuit – a Sister in the health Department van, waving goodbye to mothers and children. To the right is an Infant Welfare Sister with mother and baby at the Brooklyn Infant Welfare Centre [circa 1950's]. The Keppell Street Site would be associated with the Maternal and Child Health Service until 1997.

Archival Snapshot: The Female Refuge at Carlton

Researching a non-government institution at PROV PROV (Public Record Office Victoria) does not collect the records of non-government organisations; it does however hold series of correspondence files created by a number of major Victorian government agencies. Many of these agencies file documents on a range of activities, including the government’s interaction with non-government organisations. This […]

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