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Author Archives: PRO_Vic

Journey back to old school days at Old Treasury Building this March

New exhibition coming soon!   Be transported back to the old school days at Melbourne’s Old Treasury Building. Ports and sailors will be replaced by teachers and students when Sailing into Melbourne leaves the Old Treasury Building for new waters in March. The School Days: Education in Victoria exhibition will take visitors back to a time when […]

The Seven Year Myth

Seven years is the ‘magic figure’ often bandied about when it comes to how long records must be kept by government. However, minimum periods for retention of public records actually vary and are determined by law and Public Record Office Victoria. There are a lot mistruths associated with the seven year mark. The myths It’s […]

Emails are the smoking gun of record keeping

Despite the amount of time we spend each day reading and sending emails, by some estimates around 28 per cent of our day, we allocate little of that time contemplating how we should manage them. Here the Public Records Office’s Alan Kong, Manager Standard and Policy, shares three facts all Victorian Government staff should remember when […]

Newly opened Section 9 files reveal: The Yarra River Baby

21 December 1934 at approximately 9.30pm, Footscray labourer William Henwood watched as a young woman walked with her baby and suitcase towards Richmond Suspension Bridge on the bank of the Yarra River. Half an hour later she walked past him again in the opposite direction, this time the baby wasn’t with her. In March the […]

Section 9 files now open for viewing

  Accessing new files this new year Section 9 of the Public Records Act 1973 allows for the closure of “personal or private” records. This prevents the violation of personal privacy and covers such material as personnel records, medical records, police and prison records and case records concerning students, welfare recipients, children in government care […]

Eureka gets an online facelift

The Eureka Stockade was an eruption of suppressed anger on the Ballarat goldfields in 1854, and remains an ongoing symbol of popular protest. Arising out of an unpopular licensing scheme, the rebellion resulted in a set of even more unpopular show trials that failed to convict any of those charged.   The records that the […]

The Ministerial Forum for the Cemetery Sector

As an initiative of the Hon David Davis, Minister for Health, The Ministerial Forum for the Cemetery Sector was held at the Melbourne Town Hall on Friday 24 October, 2014. The theme of the Ministerial Forum was Heritage and Historical Linkages to Cemeteries. The main event of the day was a book launch to promote […]

PROV volunteers win Melbourne Award!

Our Public Record Office Victoria volunteers are the proud recipients of the 2014 Melbourne Award for Contribution to Community by a Corporation. The City of Melbourne’s ‘Melbourne Awards’ were held on Saturday 15 November. Volunteer Program Coordinators Jack Martin and Leigh Kinrade attended the gala event and were thrilled to accept the award on behalf […]

PROV volunteers nominated for Melbourne Award

Now in its 12th year, the Melbourne Awards were introduced by the City of Melbourne to recognise outstanding achievements of organisations and individuals who are committed to making Melbourne a unique place to live, visit and do business. The Public Record Office’s volunteer program is a finalist for the prestigious ‘Contribution to Community Award’. Our […]

Regional Rail Link preserves Footscray railway’s station heritage

Works to conserve and restore historic buildings at Footscray railway station, as part of the Regional Rail Link project, are now complete. “Restoration of the station’s heritage-listed buildings has been undertaken in a way that ensures the significant architectural features of each building remain true to the period during which they were originally constructed,” Regional Rail […]

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