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2016 Victorian Community History Awards

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Letters to La Trobe now online

discover the letters sent to La Trobe 1839-51

Did you miss our 'Transporting Art' exhibition?

You can now view it online!

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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A photo of Hazel Edwards standing at the lecturn ready to speak

Hazel Edwards: Why self-publish a family history online?

We’ve been pleased to welcome Hazel Edwards to the Victorian Archives Centre twice over the last few months to teach us all about writing a ‘non-boring’ family history and memoir. Here she answers some additional questions for those of you considering publishing your life story: Why do you feel that self-publishing is so important? Many family […]

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VPRS 2500/P0, Unit 121, File “Empire Day 1916”, General Correspondence Files, Ballaarat (Municipal District 1855-1863; Borough 1863-1870; City 1870-1994)

Ballarat in 1916

The world was in its second year of war in 1916. Despite all the upheaval it was still very much business as usual in Ballarat and everyday events of life in a vibrant community still went on regardless. Services still had to be provided, laws maintained and the future and wellbeing of the community considered. […]

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Hand-shaped building, 1978, designed by Michael Hilton, Decatur, Texas, USA

State archives on display at City Gallery

Spaceships on rooftops, a hand-shaped building and an ornamental lake with British Isles-shaped islands are among the unrealised plans for Melbourne that feature in a new City Gallery exhibition. Featuring records from our ‘Landmark’ collection, ​A History of the Future: Imagining Melbourne includes building plans, underground roads and public art projects proposed by city planners, architects, artists and […]

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