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Archival Snapshot: The Controversial Warship Shenandoah

On the 25th of January 1865 the Confederate States Steamer C.S.S. Shenandoah arrived in Hobsons Bay, Victoria,  seeking repairs, provisions, and to land its prisoners.  The month of January 2015 marks the 150th anniversary since the arrival of C.S.S. Shenandoah.  The Shenandoah’s arrival created a great deal of controversy and raised serious diplomatic concerns.  This […]

Archival snapshot: war emergency nurses

  A nurse is a gift sent from above In 1915 there was increased need for nurses to help with the war effort so nurses were asked to sign up as “war emergency nurses” in the military hospitals.  When these nurses signed up as “war emergency nurses”,   they could not have imagined that the register which authenticates […]

Archival Snapshot: Victorian Railways’ Sir Harold Clapp

Sir Harold Winthrop Clapp (7 May 1875 – 21 October 1952) was a transport administrator with the Victorian Railways who over the course of thirty years revolutionised railways as we know it. Clapp introduced faster services and more powerful locomotives, supported the farming sector and presented a report on standardising rail gauges (track width) which […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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