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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 August Fast Facts

The archive of the Victorian Government used to be located in the basement of the State Library of Victoria on Swanston Street.
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Explore the 1956 Olympics through the archives

Search our photographic collection…

Letters to La Trobe now online

discover the letters sent to La Trobe 1839-51

Hackney Cab Drivers 1859-1938, Reputable or Reprobate

Read our July archival snapshot

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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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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A colour photo of two women standing next to a train. They are wearing short blue and purple dresses.

Exploring Melbourne style through the archives

“Fashions fade, style is eternal,” Yves Saint Laurent. With Melbourne Spring Fashion Week right around the corner it’s an opportune time to explore the style and fashion of Melbourne’s past.  The photographers of these images worked for the Public Transport Corporation and Melbourne Harbour Trust and through their lenses they’ve captured fashions of Melbourne ranging from the 1800s […]

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Family History Month across Victoria

Discover your family history in the archives this Family History Month: Victorian Archives Centre 5 August, Tour of the archives, Victorian Archives Centre, bookings required. 8 August, Family History Feast, State Library Victoria, bookings required. 18 August, Speaker series event, Victorian Archives Centre, bookings required.  Bendigo Regional Archives Centre 9 August, Discovering your ancestors in the archives, Bendigo […]

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