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Monday to Friday: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
(excl. public holidays)
The second and last Saturday of every month

22nd August Fast Facts

The Memorandum of Understanding between collecting organisations in the Ballarat Collections Network is thought to be the first of its kind in regional Australia.
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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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Victorian Electronic Records Strategy Standard Renewel – We are seeking your feedback!

Public Record Office Victoria is conducting a project to revise the Victorian Electronic Records Strategy Standard (PROS 99/007 ‘The management of electronic records’).   We are very interested in receiving your feedback on the proposals!    We are seeking comment from vendors in relation to both the Draft VERS Standards and Specifications and the Draft Tool […]

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History Students Dig the Archives for Soldier Stories

The Battle-To-Farm Project Public Record Office Victoria is currently digitising around 10,000 Soldier Settlement Records for the centenary commemoration of World War One. The entire collection of individual soldier settlement records helps to explain the highs and lows of the farming experience undertaken by many returned Victorian soldiers; most of the soldiers were offered leased […]

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A map of Westernport District made by William Thomas

Thomas’ Map of Lost Place Names for Port Phillip

 William Thomas, Protector (1839 – 1849)  On his first morning camped with the Bunurong tribe,  in July 1839, William Thomas (Aboriginal Protector from 1839 – 1849) noted in his journal that while reading his morning Psalms the admired Aboriginal hunter Poleorong (known as Billy Lonsdale) poked his head through Thomas’ tent. Poleorong insisted on sharing […]

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