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Victorian Archives Centre public opening hours

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

7th December Fast Facts

The largest plan in our collection is a map of Victoria created to document lands available for selection under the Lands Act 1862. It is 6m wide and 4.5m high.

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Explore the 1956 Olympics through the archives

Celebrating 60 years!

Local History Grants 2016-2017

Applications now open

Wild Colonial Boys now showing at Old Treasury Building

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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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PLEASE NOTE: Upcoming Dec/Jan closures

Researchers please be aware of upcoming closures in the lead up to Christmas and New Year.  Victorian Archives Centre The Reading Room will close at 12pm Friday 9 December 2016 and re-open Monday 12 December.  The Reading Room will close for Christmas and New Year from 12pm Friday 23 December 2016 until 10am Tuesday 3 January.  Cafe […]

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Coloured artist drawing of a stadium.

Celebrating 60 Years since the 1956 Melbourne Olympics

On the 22nd of November 1956, Melbourne began its two week run as host city of the Olympic Games. It was the first time the Games were held in the Southern Hemisphere and the first in which all athletes walked the closing ceremony together.  Public Record Office Victoria holds many fantastic records from the 1956 Games […]

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Finish Writing Your Book with Hazel Edwards

In conjunction with Public Record Office Victoria, Hazel Edwards is offering a year long non-fiction Master Class with the aim of participants completing their books by December 2017. Due to the ongoing popularity of Hazel’s ‘Writing a Non Boring Family History’ workshops and talks at the Victorian Archives Centre, there have been requests for longer […]

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