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(excl. public holidays)
The second and last Saturday of every month

3rd August 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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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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Digitised maps of Ballarat: Camp Street 1877 to 1887

You can now find more than 400 maps of Ballarat online, including the newly digitised Ballarat and Ballarat East Town Allotment Survey Plans (VPRS 4771). Ranging from the 1850s to the early twentieth century, among the collection you’ll find four nineteenth century plans of Camp Street providing a snapshot of the growth of Ballarat.   […]

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‘A’ is for Animals at the Melbourne Zoo

In this month’s archival snapshot, PROV’s Graham Herschell delves into the records of the Melbourne Zoological Gardens: Carnage at the Zoo: Jerboa savaged by Short Haired Flying Squirrel So might go the headline among the inhabitants of the Melbourne Zoological Gardens in November 1899. The poor Jerboa, a tiny jumping rodent, wasn’t the only zoo […]

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New records at PROV

New archives transfer: historic mine and infrastructure plans

More than sixty years of mining and infrastructure plans have been transferred to our archives. These records are now on open access and located at the Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne.   This series is a collection of physical plans and drawings from mines and infrastructure projects undertaken by the Mines Department and its successors […]

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