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We will be closing the Reading Room at 1:00pm on Fri 19 Dec, reopening Mon 22nd at 10:00 am

Monthly Archives: July, 2011

Ali Abdul v The King: Muslim stories from the dark days of White Australia

Hanifa Deen explored the wonderful world of archives and found an Alladin’s cave of treasures and secrets for her new book Ali Abdul v The King: Muslim stories from the dark days of White Australia. In this extract, she reveals that Muslims have been coming to Australia since the eighteenth century. Muslim fishermen and traders […]

Archives: An Alladin’s cave of treasures and secrets

Hanifa Deen explored the wonderful world of archives and found an Alladin’s cave of treasures and secrets for her new book Ali Abdul v The King: Muslim Stories from the Dark Days of White Australia. Once upon a time ‘research’ was a word that intimidated the uninitiated because it was confined to universities, lecture halls […]

Correspondence file sheds new light on Victorian Inwards Passenger Lists

Access Services Officer Christine O’Donnell recently uncovered a correspondence file that could provide new leads for those hard-to-trace ancestors. Many researchers are unable to find evidence of their ancestors’ passage to Victoria as there are gaps in the Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) holdings of  Inwards Passenger Lists. VPRS 115 Inwards Correspondence [Immigration Branch] 1849-1852 […]

Volunteers celebrate 22 years of research

Volunteer Leonie Marshall writes of an extraordinary milestone in Public Record Office Victoria and her experience researching original records. A little celebrated anniversary passed through our Volunteers’ Room last week. This marked the 22nd year of transcription of the Passenger Lists and other volunteer activities at the Public Record Office. The volunteer program has seen […]

Hanifa Deen to launch National Family History Week at Victorian Archives Centre

The first week of August means National Family History Week! To celebrate, award-winning author Hanifa Deen will speak about her new book Ali Abdul v the King: Muslim stories from the dark days of White Australia at the launch of National Family History Week at the Victorian Archives Centre in North Melbourne. In Ali Abdul […]

National Family History Week 29 July – 7 August

The first week of August means National Family History Week! There are more than 100 events happening around the country, so it’s a great opportunity to begin exploring your family history if you haven’t yet got around to it, attend talks and seminars on a range of family history topics and check out the family history […]

A Squizzy with Barry Dickins

Playwright, artist and poet Barry Dickins’ will recount his stories of the notorious 1920s Fitzroy gangster Squizzy Taylor at Old Treasury Building on Sunday 7 August. Squizzy gained notoriety in 1920s Melbourne for race fixing, standover tactics and bootlegging, and for his flashy style of dress. He was linked to several high-profile murders. It was […]

Open Archival Data

Records and archives analyst Matt Gardiner explains the Public Record Office Victoria pilot project that explores the possibilities of opening up our archival data for reuse by the wider community. The resulting datasets are available on our website. In July 2010 the Victorian Government released its Gov 2.0 Action Plan, outlining a foundation for a […]

81 community groups share in $355,000

Eighty-one community groups across Victoria will share in $355,000 in grants from the Victorian Government to help record and preserve their local stories and share them with future generations. Announcing the grants, Mr Baillieu said the projects funded by the Local History Grants Program reflected the wealth of stories that chronicle the rich and diverse […]

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