The Victorian Archives Centre is recognising and celebrating NAIDOC Week 2013 with a display of records relating to Victorian Aboriginal people taken from the collections of the Public Record Office Victoria and National Archives of Australia. This display reflects the variety of information that can be found in government records relating to Aboriginal people and places.
Government officials began to create records about Aboriginal people from the earliest years of non-Aboriginal settlement in Victoria. Many of these documents dating from the 1830s to the 1970s are now preserved in the State and Commonwealth government archives.
Information about people and places is found in a variety of sources including reports, correspondence files, employment records, minutes of meetings, maps and plans, police records, registers of provisions including clothing and rations, photographs, and records detailing the movement of Aboriginal people across Victoria.
The records reveal the impact and effects of government legislation in the lives of Victorian Aboriginal people. But they are also a rich resource for researchers now seeking to connect with family and country.
The display features documents, maps, plans and drawings, publications and photographs which showcases the rich diversity of the Aboriginal historic material held in the archives, particularly relating to the early years of European settlement and Aboriginal missions and reserves in Victoria.
These historic records will be on show in the foyer of the Victorian Archives Centre at 99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne, from Monday the 8th of July until mid-August.
Koorie Records Unit
The Koorie Records Unit at Public Record Office Victoria has a dedicated service for Aboriginal people wishing to access records in both the Public Record Office Victoria and National Archives of Australia collections.
A Koorie Reference Officer is available to help find and obtain copies of records that relate to you, your family and community.