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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

26th April Fast Facts

The archive of the Victorian Government used to be located in the basement of the State Library of Victoria on Swanston Street.
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Victorian Archives Centre Open Day: 2 May

Registrations are now open!

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

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 soldier settler from Beaufort, photo courtesy of the Beaufort Historical Society.

ANZAC Commemorative Talks at Dig the Archives

What was life like for the Victorian ANZAC soldiers returned from the war? The National Archives of Australia and Public Record Office Victoria hold many records relating to defence force personnel who served in World War 1. The upcoming Dig the Archives Open Day, on Saturday 2 May, will provide Victorians with a chance to […]

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Cover of an early Rate Record from Maryborough  PROV, VPRS 11153/P1 Rate Records, Unit 1 (1857–1868).

Uncover new treasures at Ballarat Archives Centre

You may be surprised to learn that the Ballarat Archives Centre collection spans records from Karkarook in the far northwest of the state; Horsham in the Wimmera area; Ararat and Stawell in the Grampians area; and all the way to Daylesford, Trentham and Bacchus Marsh in the Central Highlands. And the collection continues to grow! […]

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Stories of WW1 soldier settlers come to life

One of Victoria’s most important military collections is now available to the public for the first time online, as Parliamentary Secretary to the Special Minister of State, Shaun Leane, unveiled an important new website for historical and family research today. Battle to Farm enables the public access to nearly 10,000 government records on the Victorian Soldier Settlement […]

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