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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

27th September Fast Facts

The Chinese Immigration Act 1855 limited the number of Chinese passengers on a vessel arriving in Victoria to one for every ten tonnes of cargo.
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Search for a Soldier Settler

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Explore the 1956 Olympics through the archives

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Wild Colonial Boys now showing at Old Treasury Building

Learn more about our exhibition & resources here

Hackney Cab Drivers 1859-1938, Reputable or Reprobate

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Fashions fade, style is eternal

Melbourne style in the archives

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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Black and white photo of a woman with very long straight hair

From Mos to Mullets: now showing at the Victorian Archives Centre

Your hair is your own. At the same time, hair forms part of our shared experiences as diverse communities. When brought under the gaze of others, hair becomes a marker of identity, gender and culture. In archival photography, hair also functions as a kind of visual time stamp. Wondering when a photo was taken? Well, […]

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Discover new stories of Victoria’s bushrangers at the Old Treasury Building

If you thought you knew all about Victoria’s bushrangers, think again. There’s far more to it than the story of Ned Kelly. Were they Colonial ‘Robin Hoods’ or murderous thugs? From the 19th of September, a new exhibition at the Old Treasury Building will reveal the long history of bushranging in Victoria, with some new […]

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Attention street snappers!

Would you like to see your photographs displayed alongside images from the state’s archival collection?  The Victorian Archives Centre’s Archives Gallery is a community gallery space welcoming street photographers interested in exhibiting their photographs. Every four months, the gallery will display a new selection of Government archival photographs based on a theme, dating back to late […]

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