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What’s New on the Wiki: Property, Possums and a Protector

You’re probably wondering what on earth property, possums and a Chinese Protector could possibly have in common? These are all topics that that have been contributed recently on the PROV Wiki.

Take a walk through time in East Street

If you’ve ever thought about researching the history of your home a must-see is the East Street Case Study developed by our property research guru Gertie Cotteril.

The Case Study brings to life a section of East Street in Ballarat East and explores the history of eight different properties. It demonstrates the power of the Wiki in its ability to draw together different records. It show that property research often takes you beyond bricks and mortar, and leads you to records about the lives of people, streets and even communities.

Have a read of our next streets going up on the Wiki, Victoria Street, Flemington by researcher Robbie Stockfeld and Albert Street, Sebastopol by Liz Denny. 

Conservation of Leadbeater’s Possum

 Who would have thought the history of the conservation of a possum could have so many interesting twists and turns?

Taking on what he thought was a small project on the PROV Wiki, Dean Haywood’s research has snowballed and taken on a life of its own. This fascinating account of a possums rediscovery includes maps, reports and correspondence from colourful characters such as Journalist Norman McCance and conservationist Des Hackett.


Transcription of W.H. Foster’s Diary

The Letterbook, Reports and Diary of William Henry Foster, the first Chinese protector appointed to Ballarat in 1851 has now been transcribed on the Wiki. This diary documents the life of a government official living and working on the Ballarat goldfields.

Would you like to help transcribe historical records? We have a number of records on our Wiki page which require transcribing. Check them out here.


Olympics Photos on the Wiki

Last but not least, the PROV Wiki now displays approximately 25,000 images in our Olympics and Public Transport Corporation photo collections.

Take a look at this new page featuring a story from past Olympian Albie Thomas. Albie tells his story of how he had bought tickets to watch from the stands, but ended up competing on the track instead!

If, like Albie, you have further information to add to any of our Olympics photos, it is now easier to contribute on these photo pages. Just click on the link next to the image which says ‘Edit this page’ to share your knowledge of the image.


Quick Wiki Stats

Number of pages: 59,086
Semantic property values: 433,213 for 66 different properties including;
People: 2177
Locations: 1076
Occupations: 344
Ships: 30
Diseases: 7
Narcotics: 6

Become a PROV Wiki Warrior

If you’re keen to contribute to the Wiki and would like some assistance, contact Online Engagement Officer

1 Comment to What’s New on the Wiki: Property, Possums and a Protector

  1. lawyer's Gravatar lawyer
    September 15, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for information ,What’s New on the Wiki: Property, Possums and a Protector,Take a walk through time in East Street,Conservation of Leadbeater’s Possum,and Transcription of W.H. Foster’s Diary,Olympics Photos on the Wiki.workers compensation

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