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Current Volunteer Projects

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Some archival records are fragile and require special handling.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Over 120 Public Record Office Victoria volunteers help us preserve our state’s records by:
  • Removing old packing materials and processing records into new boxes, bag or sleeves.
  • Creating useful, searchable indexes or data.
  • Adding further value by digitising records or even transcribing the text of the records themselves.
 To express your interest in volunteering click here

 

Current volunteer projects

Project: Land Selection Correspondence

 Land Selection_Correspondence_Records_of_VictoriaVolunteers are indexing 5903 boxes of correspondence between the Department of Crown Lands and people, companies and agencies. Recorded by name, allotment and parish of selectors. Processing 44% | Data Capture 44% | Publishing 42% | Est.  completion date 2018. 

 

Project: Soldier Settlement Correspondence

Victorian_archive_Map_of_soldier_settlement_recordsThis project is cataloging roughly 30,000 files  of government correspondence about the settlement of returned soldiers from World War One. This project will prepare content for the 2015 ANZAC centenary project Battle to FarmProcessing 46% | Data Capture 46% | Publishing 39% | Est. completion date 2015.

 

Project: Criminal Trial Briefs

Victorian_Archive_Record_Criminal_Trial_BriefVolunteers are helping to preserve and index 227 boxes of 19th century criminal records. File listings include name, crime, court location and verdict. Indexing 100% | Checking 72% | Est. completion date 2014.

 

 

Project: La Trobe Correspondence

Victorian_archive_record_La_Trobe_CorrespondenceThis project is digitising 151 boxes of correspondence received by CJ La Trobe during his time as Lieutenant-Governor of the Colony of Victoria (1839 – 1851). Indexing 90% | Image Capture 63% | Publishing 15% | Est. completion date 2015.

 

 

Project: Register of Female Prisoners

Victorian_Archives_Register_of_Female_PrisonersThis project is indexing and digitising records of the crimes and gaol sentences of female prisoners from 1857 to 1934, including their name, crime and subsequent sentencing. Imaging 100% | Data Capture 44% | Publishing 0% | Est. completion date 2014. 

 

 

Project: Ward Registers

Edited Ward of State 1916 00516-P0000-000013-413 (Lucy Nash)Records from 257 registers of wards of the state up to 1895 will be digitised for online availability. The records hold information on how individuals came to be under guardianship. Imaging 100% | Data Capture  100% | Publishing 34% | Est. completion date 2014.

 

Project: Historic Plan Collection

Victorian_archive_record_historic_plan_collectionThis project will digitise over 10,000 government plans in 48 distinct collections including pastoral runs, explorer routes, roads and rivers. Arguably the most valuable plans collection in Australia. Indexing 100% | Imaging 23% | Publishing 19% | Est. completion date 2018.

 

 

Project: Inquest Deposition Files

Victorian_archive_record_Inquest_Depositions_FileInquest records from 1840 to 1937 are being indexed and digitised for online availability. They’re among the most popular collections in the Victorian archives. Indexing 95% | Checking 5% | Image Capture 80% | Est. completion date 2014.