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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

27th March Fast Facts

The Chinese Immigration Act 1855 limited the number of Chinese passengers on a vessel arriving in Victoria to one for every ten tonnes of cargo.
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School Days: Education in Victoria

New exhibition now open at Old Treasury Building

Have you heard the story...

of the Yarra River Baby?

The selection of State Archives

Learn more about the records we preserve and why

Provenance Journal out now

Read the 2014 edition

NAIDOC Exhibition: walata tyamateetj

Free at Victorian Archives Centre

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.

PLEASE NOTE: changes to reading room order limits

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A photo of the letter Miss Dillsworth sent to the Education Department

The records we preserve

The Public Records Act 1973 requires Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) to work with Victorian government agencies to select public records for permanent preservation as State Archives. So, out of all the digital and paper files government creates every day, how do we decide which ones are worth keeping forever? The selection of State Archives is guided by […]

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The Way We Were Historical Photograph Competition: Dig the Archives 2015

From your attic to our archives Dig the Archives 2015 will feature explorations into Public Record Office Victoria’s rich photographic collection. To help celebrate Victoria behind the lenses, you are invited to share a unique moment of Victoria’s past from your personal collection of photographs. The entry judged to be the rarest, most artistic and […]

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A photo of the sock sewn by Miss Dillsworth

All sewn up at Walhalla School 957

The town of Walhalla Walhalla is a picturesque mountain town nestled into the Baw Baw Ranges of the Gippsland District. Walhalla was the centre of one of the great goldfields of Victoria when it was founded as a gold-mining community in 1862. It was home to 4,000 people and produced some 55 tonnes of gold. […]

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