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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 […]

Highlights from the May 2015 Records Management Network event

On 22 May Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) held its second Records Management Network (RMN) event for 2015. Featuring presenters from university, government and the private sector, the event attracted over 170 people. Here, PROV’s Andrew Harris profiles two of the presentations featured on the day: 1. Delivering the ‘Wards Record Plan’  Kylie Auld, Manager […]

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 […]

The legacy of wartime propaganda Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of The legacy of wartime propaganda by PROV Access Services Officer Jelena Gvozdic.  Revisit Part 1 here. The long shadow of atrocity propaganda: a new WWI scholarship emerges The German invasion of Belgium was certainly violent and it was passionately debated, well after the end of the war. 6,500 civilians perished […]

Public records featured in ‘Seeing the Land from an Aboriginal Canoe’

On the rivers of remote colonial Victoria, 19th century European settlers depended on Aboriginal navigators and canoe builders to transport goods, stock and people. A new documentary and multimedia project, now live on Culture Victoria, explores this little known aspect of colonial history through a short documentary film, image gallery, audio interviews and three short […]

Privacy by Design: a new approach to privacy in government

What is Privacy by Design? Hold that thought – no, we aren’t talking about a new range of designer-made curtains and blinds! Privacy by Design is in fact a framework first developed by Dr. Ann Cavoukian, former Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada. Privacy by Design: · advances the view that privacy cannot be assured […]

Aboriginal records of the Victorian archives

National Reconciliation Week National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is celebrated across Australia each year between the 27th of May and the 3rd of June commemorating the anniversaries of the 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision. The week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared history. The Koorie Records Unit at Public Record […]

Archival Snapshot: The Female Refuge at Carlton

Researching a non-government institution at PROV PROV (Public Record Office Victoria) does not collect the records of non-government organisations; it does however hold series of correspondence files created by a number of major Victorian government agencies. Many of these agencies file documents on a range of activities, including the government’s interaction with non-government organisations. This […]

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 […]

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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