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(excl. public holidays)
The second and last Saturday of every month

26th November Fast Facts

The Victorian Archives Centre is built on the site of the old Government Printer, where many of the documents in the collection were originally printed.
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Local History Grants

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Female Prison Registers 1855-1934

Now available online

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Nov & Dec tours booking fast!

Soldier On: WW1 Soldier Settler Stories

Now showing at Old Treasury Building

2015 Victorian Community History Awards announced

Congratulations to all the winners!

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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Victorian Gold Jubilee Exhibition Entries vol, complete with gold lettering and leather trim.

Victorian Gold Jubilee Exhibition Anniversary

  This month marks the 114th anniversary of the commencement of the Victorian Gold Jubilee Exhibition, held at Bendigo from 13 November 1901 to 14 May 1902. Here, Dr. Michele Matthews from the Bendigo Regional Archives shares the story of the two volumes created to record the details of this exhibition, available to order and […]

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The families and soldiers that moved onto the blocks had to rebuild their lives from
scratch: building houses, erecting fences and looking after crops and stock. Life on a Victorian soldier settlement block, Public Record Office Victoria VPRS
14517 P1 Unit 34 L536.

Soldier On: WW1 Soldier Settler Stories now open

A new exhibition about the Victorian soldier settler experience is now showing at Old Treasury Building. 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. Between 1918 and 1934 the Soldier Settlement Scheme helped settle some 11,000 […]

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2015 Winner of most outstanding community history project

Victorian history projects honoured at the 2015 Victorian Community History Awards

A book about the life of one of Australia’s most loved gardeners and writers has been announced as the 2015 Victorian Community History Award winner at a ceremony held at the Arts Centre earlier today.   Jean Galbraith: Writer in a Valley by Gippsland historian Dr Meredith Fletcher was recognised as this year’s most outstanding […]

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