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(excl. public holidays)
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Our most westerly Place of Deposit is the Millewa Community Pioneer Forest and Historical Society.
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Crime Writing Panel: Find Your Black Sheep in the Archives

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Letters to La Trobe now online

discover the letters sent to La Trobe 1839-51

Did you miss our 'Transporting Art' exhibition?

You can now view it online!

Celebrating 'Old Stuff Day' at the archives

State Bank Ephemera Collection

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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VPRS 2500/P0, Unit 121, File “Empire Day 1916”, General Correspondence Files, Ballaarat (Municipal District 1855-1863; Borough 1863-1870; City 1870-1994)

Ballarat in 1916

The world was in its second year of war in 1916. Despite all the upheaval it was still very much business as usual in Ballarat and everyday events of life in a vibrant community still went on regardless. Services still had to be provided, laws maintained and the future and wellbeing of the community considered. […]

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Hand-shaped building, 1978, designed by Michael Hilton, Decatur, Texas, USA

State archives on display at City Gallery

Spaceships on rooftops, a hand-shaped building and an ornamental lake with British Isles-shaped islands are among the unrealised plans for Melbourne that feature in a new City Gallery exhibition. Featuring records from our ‘Landmark’ collection, ​A History of the Future: Imagining Melbourne includes building plans, underground roads and public art projects proposed by city planners, architects, artists and […]

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Our current technology issues: an apology and a plan

A message to all of our researchers, agency colleagues and institutional partners Many of you will be aware that in recent months we have been severely impacted by technology problems that have affected your ability to undertake online research of our collection. There have been periods of slowness, system time-outs and unplanned outages to our […]

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