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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

7th May Fast Facts

Our staff have visited records stored by agencies in all sorts of strange spots over the years: the dome of a town hall, a water tank, a disused toilet block, a boat shed and even an old well! When agencies find these sorts of situations they quickly alert us for advice on retrieving and preserving the records.
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School Days: Education in Victoria

New exhibition now open at Old Treasury Building

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of the Yarra River Baby?

The legacy of wartime propaganda - Part 1

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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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An image of The four recruitment pamphlets found in VPRS 3183/P0 Units 132 & 133.

The legacy of wartime propaganda Part 1

One hundred years ago, 112,000 Victorians enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF), 89,000 served overseas and 19,000 would tragically lose their lives. This article takes us back in time through a selection of World War I propaganda materials located in the archive.  The final year of the war It is early 1918 – three years […]

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Are you having problems opening digitised documents?

If you use Firefox or Chrome browsers, you may have noticed that it’s been difficult to open digitised documents from our website. You may have had to wait a lot longer than normal for a file to open, or your files may not have opened at all. What is going on?Both the Firefox and Chrome […]

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A soldier settler from Beaufort, photo courtesy of the Beaufort Historical Society.

ANZAC Commemorative Talks at Dig the Archives

What was life like for the Victorian ANZAC soldiers returned from the war? The National Archives of Australia and Public Record Office Victoria hold many records relating to defence force personnel who served in World War 1. The upcoming Dig the Archives Open Day, on Saturday 2 May, will provide Victorians with a chance to […]

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