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Hackney Cab Drivers 1859-1938, Reputable or Reprobate

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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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Black and White photo of a horse drawn cab waiting on Swanston Street outside Flinders Station

Hackney Cab Drivers 1859-1938, Reputable or Reprobate

  Blog post by Graham Herschell, Access Services Officer: Origins of “Uber” In 1883, Nietzsche coined the term “Übermensch” to describe the higher state to which he felt men might aspire. From this first iteration of the term, the Uber ride sharing service, which has become very  popular in Melbourne, has grown [1]. Whether or […]

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A photo of Hazel Edwards standing at the lecturn ready to speak

Hazel Edwards: Why self-publish a family history online?

We’ve been pleased to welcome Hazel Edwards to the Victorian Archives Centre twice over the last few months to teach us all about writing a ‘non-boring’ family history and memoir. Here she answers some additional questions for those of you considering publishing your life story: Why do you feel that self-publishing is so important? Many family […]

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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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