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(excl. public holidays)
The second and last Saturday of every month
We will be closed on Monday 26 January for the Australia Day Public Holiday

1st February Fast Facts

In the year to 30 June 2010, 109 volunteers contributed a total of 13,155 hours towards indexing and records reprocessing tasks as well as conducting volunteer tours of our repository.
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Section 9 files now open for viewing

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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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A cutting from the court papers states that Mary Alice Clara Stevens is found guilty and sentenced to death

Newly opened Section 9 files reveal: The Yarra River Baby

21 December 1934 at approximately 9.30pm, Footscray labourer William Henwood watched as a young woman walked with her baby and suitcase towards Richmond Suspension Bridge on the bank of the Yarra River. Half an hour later she walked past him again in the opposite direction, this time the baby wasn’t with her. In March the […]

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Section 9 files now open for viewing

  Accessing new files this new year Section 9 of the Public Records Act 1973 allows for the closure of “personal or private” records. This prevents the violation of personal privacy and covers such material as personnel records, medical records, police and prison records and case records concerning students, welfare recipients, children in government care […]

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Matron Grace Wilson on Lemnos. Image courtesy of Australia War Memorial

Archival snapshot: war emergency nurses

  A nurse is a gift sent from above In 1915 there was increased need for nurses to help with the war effort so nurses were asked to sign up as “war emergency nurses” in the military hospitals.  When these nurses signed up as “war emergency nurses”,   they could not have imagined that the register which authenticates […]

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