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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

24th October Fast Facts

Our most easterly Place of Deposit is the Mallacoota Historical Society, Mallacoota Bunker Museum.

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Explore the 1956 Olympics through the archives

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Congratulations to the 2016 Victorian Community History Award winners

View the full list here!

Wild Colonial Boys now showing at Old Treasury Building

Learn more about our exhibition & resources here

Hackney Cab Drivers 1859-1938, Reputable or Reprobate

Archival snapshot

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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Finish Writing Your Book with Hazel Edwards

In conjunction with Public Record Office Victoria, Hazel Edwards is offering a year long non-fiction Master Class with the aim of participants completing their books by December 2017. Due to the ongoing popularity of Hazel’s ‘Writing a Non Boring Family History’ workshops and talks at the Victorian Archives Centre, there have been requests for longer […]

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Local history projects honoured at the 2016 Victorian Community History Awards

A book about the history of Mechanics’ Institutes of Victoria has been awarded top prize at this years’ Victorian Community History Awards at a ceremony held at the Arts Centre today. Mechanics’ Institutes in Victoria have historically been meeting places for adult education, entertainment and the arts. The book These Walls Speak Volumes: A History […]

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Try our new website and search

A new PROV website is now available to provide you with a faster search experience and simpler navigation options, making finding what you’re looking for a lot easier. You’ll also be able to search directly through topic pages making our most popular collections much easier to access. The new website features include: Searchable topic pages for our most popular collections A handy list of common […]

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