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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

21st April Fast Facts

We keep only about 5% of the total records created by the Victorian Government. We make sure it’s the right 5%.
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Adoption & wardship information session in Ballarat

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Victorian Archives Centre Open Day: 2 May

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School Days: Education in Victoria

New exhibition now open at Old Treasury Building

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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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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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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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