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Author Archives: Reading_Room

New Records Transfers

The below records have been transferred into the PROV collection and are now available for ordering and viewing in our North Melbourne reading room. VA 4204 Court of General Sessions, Melbourne [1852-1968]VPRS 17020/P2 Criminal Presentments and Final Orders, Melbourne [1937-1938] VA 3752 Thiess Enviro ServicesVPRS 17413 / P2 Water Course Level Height Measurement FilesVPRS 17413 […]

The Town That Was – Yallourn

Establishment of a Township at Yallourn Plans for an S.E.C Garden City Records of the State Electricity Commission of Victoria     Today, located near the Morwell River in the LaTrobe Valley is Australia’s largest open cut coal mine. However this site was once inhabited by a thriving self-contained community called Yallourn. Between the early […]

New Record Openings

Newly opened records within our collection for you to now search, order and view within our reading rooms. VPRS Series Title Agency # OF UNITS TO BE OPENED DATE RANGE TO BE OPENED VPRS 30/P0 Criminal Trial Briefs VA 2550 – Office of Public Prosecutions (Known as Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions from […]

New Records Transfers

The below records have been transferred into the PROV collection and are now available for ordering and viewing in our North Melbourne reading room. VA 5022: Castlemaine Cemetery TrustVPRS 17484 / P1 Minute Books (1858-2013) VA 3675: Brimbank CityVPRS 17069 / P1 Minute Books VA 3752: Thiess Enviro ServicesVPRS 17413 / P1 Water Course Level […]

The Electrification of Melbourne’s Suburban Railway Network

The Electrification of Melbourne’s Suburban Railway Network “Photo Album: Electrification Scheme”     In 1919 the first Suburban Electric Train Services started in Melbourne.  At the time Melbourne was the largest city in Australia, and was the first to electrify its Train Services.  By 1923 most of the Suburban Train Services were operated by Electric […]

Free Tours and Information sessions – April to June 2014

Join us on our free tours and a range of information sessions on what we do here at Public Record Office Victoria and how you can access our ever-evolving collection of records through our online catalogue.  These tours and sessions are run at the Victorian Archives Centre, 99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne.  ===> Transport details. […]

Entertaining for decades: The Dux Picture Theatre, Albert Park and The Block

The Block is one of Australia’s more popular television shows and this season, work has commenced on an historic property in Albert Park in Melbourne. In amongst the hype of reality television, where the contestants are being bombarded with colour swatches, door knobs and light fittings is the maiden in the story, the former Dux […]

Moomba: The Gas and Fuel Corporation in the Moomba Parades

The 2014 Moomba parade marks the 60th anniversary of this Melbourne event.  Over the years, many entertainers including glamorous floats have provided children, young and old, with memories of this special event. We have shared with you below The Corporation’s floats which won a variety of awards and commendations.  The Gas and Fuel Corporation was […]

Showcase Record – March 2014

Victorian Railway Employee records VPRS 13537 Employee History Sheets, Traffic/Transportation Branch circa 1910 to 1926 This series comprises self-indexed volumes containing staff record sheets of employees who worked with the Victorian Railway Traffic/Transportation Branch. The information recorded includes: Name, date and place of birth, address and qualifications Date of their appointment, Position held (porter, signalman, […]

Burning land: Victoria and bushfires

Parched land, plumes of smoke and burning embers. All of these phrases have been in the headlines in the last few weeks since the devastating fires raged to the north of Melbourne, fires which are still smouldering. These fires are not the first to cause devastation across the state as Victoria has a long history […]

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