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Find our collection through Trove

We’re thrilled to announce that our collection is now searchable through the National Library of Australia’s Trove website. Trove helps you find and use resources relating to Australia. It brings together content from libraries, museums, archives and other research organisations and includes over 475 million online resources – such as books, images, newspapers, maps, music […]

Digitised maps of Ballarat: Camp Street 1877 to 1887

You can now find more than 400 maps of Ballarat online, including the newly digitised Ballarat and Ballarat East Town Allotment Survey Plans (VPRS 4771). Ranging from the 1850s to the early twentieth century, among the collection you’ll find four nineteenth century plans of Camp Street providing a snapshot of the growth of Ballarat.   […]

Are you having problems opening digitised documents?

If you use Firefox or Chrome browsers, you may have noticed that it’s been difficult to open digitised documents from our website. You may have had to wait a lot longer than normal for a file to open, or your files may not have opened at all. What is going on?Both the Firefox and Chrome […]

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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