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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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‘A’ is for Animals at the Melbourne Zoo

In this month’s archival snapshot, PROV’s Graham Herschell delves into the records of the Melbourne Zoological Gardens: Carnage at the Zoo: Jerboa savaged by Short Haired Flying Squirrel So might go the headline among the inhabitants of the Melbourne Zoological Gardens in November 1899. The poor Jerboa, a tiny jumping rodent, wasn’t the only zoo […]

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New records at PROV

New archives transfer: historic mine and infrastructure plans

More than sixty years of mining and infrastructure plans have been transferred to our archives. These records are now on open access and located at the Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne.   This series is a collection of physical plans and drawings from mines and infrastructure projects undertaken by the Mines Department and its successors […]

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Imagery with the bestial Hun VPRS 3183/P0 Unit 132.

The legacy of wartime propaganda Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of The legacy of wartime propaganda by PROV Access Services Officer Jelena Gvozdic.  Revisit Part 1 here. The long shadow of atrocity propaganda: a new WWI scholarship emerges The German invasion of Belgium was certainly violent and it was passionately debated, well after the end of the war. 6,500 civilians perished […]

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