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Monday to Friday: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
(excl. public holidays)
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Category Archives: Archival Snapshot

Women of Bendigo 1894

The Bendigo Regional Archives Centre (BRAC) holds local records from 1856 through to the 1970s including maps, plans and council correspondence. The collection also boasts a number of collections available online. BRAC’s online petitions are fascinating items that shed light on what was important to the people of Bendigo between 1870 and 1899. You can […]

Celebrating 60 Years since the 1956 Melbourne Olympics

On the 22nd of November 1956, Melbourne began its two week run as host city of the Olympic Games. It was the first time the Games were held in the Southern Hemisphere and the first in which all athletes walked the closing ceremony together.  Public Record Office Victoria holds many fantastic records from the 1956 Games […]

Exploring Melbourne style through the archives

“Fashions fade, style is eternal,” Yves Saint Laurent. With Melbourne Spring Fashion Week right around the corner it’s an opportune time to explore the style and fashion of Melbourne’s past.  The photographers of these images worked for the Public Transport Corporation and Melbourne Harbour Trust and through their lenses they’ve captured fashions of Melbourne ranging from the 1800s […]

Hackney Cab Drivers 1859-1938, Reputable or Reprobate

  Blog post by Graham Herschell, Access Services Officer: Origins of “Uber” In 1883, Nietzsche coined the term “Übermensch” to describe the higher state to which he felt men might aspire. From this first iteration of the term, the Uber ride sharing service, which has become very  popular in Melbourne, has grown [1]. Whether or […]

Ballarat in 1916

The world was in its second year of war in 1916. Despite all the upheaval it was still very much business as usual in Ballarat and everyday events of life in a vibrant community still went on regardless. Services still had to be provided, laws maintained and the future and wellbeing of the community considered. […]

New to the archives: records of geographic place names

If you’re the inquisitive type you may have wondered how a place, park or building got its name or even what it means. As part of the Land Management, Place Names record series (VPRS) 17888 recently transferred to our archives, you will be able to uncover how and why many Victorian geographic places got their […]

Victoria’s early history revealed through ‘Letters to La Trobe’ now available online

Delicate hand written 19th century letters sent to Charles Joseph La Trobe are now available online for the very first time, providing a snapshot into the lives of early Victorians. Director and Keeper of Public Records, Justine Heazlewood, said it took 18 passionate volunteers six years to digitise the 170 year old documents which are […]

State Bank Victoria Archives – Ephemera Collection

The State Bank Victoria Archives Ephemera Collection holds many fascinating items dating back as far as 1842 all the way to 1992. With ‘Old Stuff Day’ coming up on the 2nd of March, we thought it an excellent time to take a trip back in time with one of the boxes from this collection – […]

Victorian Gold Jubilee Exhibition Anniversary

  This month marks the 114th anniversary of the commencement of the Victorian Gold Jubilee Exhibition, held at Bendigo from 13 November 1901 to 14 May 1902. Here, Dr. Michele Matthews from the Bendigo Regional Archives shares the story of the two volumes created to record the details of this exhibition, available to order and […]

New archives to the collection: applications for ‘sustenance’ during the Depression

New records transferred to our collection provide a glimpse into the lives of Dandenong and surrounding residents during The Depression. There are three different series, consisting of applications for sustenance administered by the shires of Cranbourne, Berwick and Dandenong in pursuance of the provisions of the Unemployment Relief (Administration) Act 1932. The files contain Applications for […]

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