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Hackney Cab Drivers 1859-1938, Reputable or Reprobate

  Blog post by Graham Herschell, Access Services Officer: Origins of “Uber” In 1883, Nietzsche coined the term “Übermensch” to describe the higher state to which he felt men might aspire. From this first iteration of the term, the Uber ride sharing service, which has become very  popular in Melbourne, has grown [1]. Whether or […]

Hazel Edwards: Why self-publish a family history online?

We’ve been pleased to welcome Hazel Edwards to the Victorian Archives Centre twice over the last few months to teach us all about writing a ‘non-boring’ family history and memoir. Here she answers some additional questions for those of you considering publishing your life story: Why do you feel that self-publishing is so important? Many family […]

What to do with credit card data

Government organisations manage a range of payment applications for the general public. What’s the best way to manage the data created via these financial transactions? Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) advises agencies not to retain credit card details on any records once the transaction has been completed[1]. Credit card details should be located on the […]

State archives on display at City Gallery

Spaceships on rooftops, a hand-shaped building and an ornamental lake with British Isles-shaped islands are among the unrealised plans for Melbourne that feature in a new City Gallery exhibition. Featuring records from our ‘Landmark’ collection, ​A History of the Future: Imagining Melbourne includes building plans, underground roads and public art projects proposed by city planners, architects, artists and […]

Our current technology issues: an apology and a plan

A message to all of our researchers, agency colleagues and institutional partners Many of you will be aware that in recent months we have been severely impacted by technology problems that have affected your ability to undertake online research of our collection. There have been periods of slowness, system time-outs and unplanned outages to our […]

Why volunteer with us?

Here, one of our long-standing volunteers Irene Kearsey lets us in on why she loves volunteering with us here at Public Record Office Victoria (PROV): Why did you start volunteering at PROV? During my working life, I’d collaborated with a PROV archivist to develop a retention schedule for public hospitals which got me interested in the archival […]

May Records Management Network event wrap-up

Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) hosted the latest installment of the Records Management Network (RMN) on Friday 6th May 2016. The event featured presentations from across Victorian Government and the private sector, focusing on records management innovations and improvements, predominately in the digital sphere. From the City of Casey, Sally Curtain, Tim Brown and Sheena Frost […]

Bendigo Library Heritage Discovery Week

The Bendigo Regional Archives Centre is planning a week of talks, tours and workshops as part of Bendigo Library’s Heritage Discovery Week.  The Bendigo Regional Archives Centre is a grassroots historical archives centre, where visitors can view and use original historical records in person. Take a tour of the archives, discover what secrets lie amongst […]

Hazel Edwards’ 13 tips for historians marketing a memoir

Hazel Edwards is coming back to the Victorian Archives Centre this June to teach us all how to write a ‘non-boring’ memoir. Here she’s given us a sneak preview into some of her tips for what to do once your memoir is published.  13 Tips for Family Historians Marketing a Memoir: Family historians or ‘genis’ have special […]

Citizens build Bendigo in the 1870s

You may think of gravel on roads, kerbs, and the establishment of footpaths as menial tasks and not exciting to research as historical subject matter. However, examining petitions on such issues can take your research far beyond the construction of a simple footbridge. You can map the establishment of a town, question the path of […]

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