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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

1st December Fast Facts

Our digital archive is just one cubic metre big but can store the equivalent of about half the 90kms of physical records in the repository at the Victorian Archives Centre.
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The 2015 edition of Provenance

is now online…

2015 Victorian Community History Awards announced

Congratulations to all the winners!

Visitors please note

Our Christmas closures…

Soldier On: WW1 Soldier Settler Stories

Now showing at Old Treasury Building

Female Prison Registers 1855-1934

Now available online

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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Christmas Closures

Visitors please note the following Christmas closures: Victorian Archives CentreClosing early 12 noon Fri 18 DecemberClosing for Christmas 3pm Thurs 24 DecemberReopening 10am Mon 4 January 2016  Ballarat Archives CentreClosing for Chistmas 4.30pm Tues 22 DecemberReopening 9.30am Mon 4 January 2016 Bendigo Regional Archives CentreClosed on Wed 2 DecemberClosing for Christmas 3pm Thurs 24 DecemberReopening 10am […]

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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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