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Monthly Archives: February, 2012

Researching Victorian government building records at PROV

If you are researching the history of government buildings in Victoria and need a plan of the building, then why not visit the Victorian Archives Centre? PROV holds the drawings created by the former Public Works Department (PWD) and its successor agency, the Building Services Agency (BSA). These agencies were responsible for the design, construction […]

Marking the spot for a drawing of Charlton’s Rex Theatre in the PROV Collection

Today’s edition of The Age features a front page story about the restoration of the Rex Theatre in Charlton which was severely damaged in last year’s floods.  The Theatre boasts an art deco design and was constructed in 1938. On reading the article the thought that immediately occurred to me was to query whether we […]

Celebrate the National Year of Reading in our Reading Room

Sometimes the most obvious ideas for postings appear right before your eyes, or in this case, literally sit two stories above your brain.  The conception of a posting to mark 2012 as the National Year of Reading initially appeared daunting because the act of reading is central to using just about any record in our […]

Looking for someone? Try our Collection.

Public Record Office Victoria holds a range of historical records that can assist with looking for a person in Victoria and can help you to uncover a person’s history. As the State’s archival authority Public Record Office Victoria  holds records created by Victorian Government departments and authorities, the State’s courts, municipal councils, schools, public hospitals […]

45 years since the hanging of Ronald Ryan

Particulars of Execution Book – the hanging of Ronald Ryan He stood quite still and was cooperative with the execution. As he fell one heard his neck break. After fall no movements. Heart beat for 3 to 4 minutes. No breathing. Cause of death Fracture dislocation of neck consistent with Judicial hanging VPRS 14526/P1 Particulars […]

VERS (the Victorian Electronic Records Strategy) – What is it?

Since I keep refering to VERS, its worth reiterating what VERS is.  VERS is the Victorian Electronic Records Strategy. Framework The Welcome page to the VERS website states:[1]. “VERS is a framework of standards, guidance, training, consultancy and implementation projects, which is centred around the goal of reliably and authentically archiving electronic records.” Mission The […]

A new accession of lands records

One of the most important things to remember about the PROV Collection is that new records are regularly added from Victorian Government agencies through out the State. In the year 2010-2011 alone, a total of 2,274 metres of records was received. Today all new accessions of records come with full documentation, including lists that can […]

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