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Category Archives: Blog & News

Newly opened Section 9 files reveal: The Yarra River Baby

21 December 1934 at approximately 9.30pm, Footscray labourer William Henwood watched as a young woman walked with her baby and suitcase towards Richmond Suspension Bridge on the bank of the Yarra River. Half an hour later she walked past him again in the opposite direction, this time the baby wasn’t with her. In March the […]

Section 9 files now open for viewing

  Accessing new files this new year Section 9 of the Public Records Act 1973 allows for the closure of “personal or private” records. This prevents the violation of personal privacy and covers such material as personnel records, medical records, police and prison records and case records concerning students, welfare recipients, children in government care […]

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 […]

Celebrating 150 Years of Sebastopol, Victoria, 1864 to 2014

Sebastopol was a long, thin, little township, strung out along the gold mines between Buninyong in the south and Ballarat, the bustling town just over Rubicon Street, in the north.  Shops and houses shared the township with mines and mullock heaps. On 1 October 1864, the Borough of Sebastopol separated from Buninyong Shire. The first […]

Eureka gets an online facelift

The Eureka Stockade was an eruption of suppressed anger on the Ballarat goldfields in 1854, and remains an ongoing symbol of popular protest. Arising out of an unpopular licensing scheme, the rebellion resulted in a set of even more unpopular show trials that failed to convict any of those charged.   The records that the […]

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 […]

PROV volunteers win Melbourne Award!

Our Public Record Office Victoria volunteers are the proud recipients of the 2014 Melbourne Award for Contribution to Community by a Corporation. The City of Melbourne’s ‘Melbourne Awards’ were held on Saturday 15 November. Volunteer Program Coordinators Jack Martin and Leigh Kinrade attended the gala event and were thrilled to accept the award on behalf […]

PROV volunteers nominated for Melbourne Award

Now in its 12th year, the Melbourne Awards were introduced by the City of Melbourne to recognise outstanding achievements of organisations and individuals who are committed to making Melbourne a unique place to live, visit and do business. The Public Record Office’s volunteer program is a finalist for the prestigious ‘Contribution to Community Award’. Our […]

Archival Snapshot: Exhibition Photos Display Fashions of 1888

The Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition of 1888 was a pinnacle moment in Melbourne’s development as a City. It marked the city’s entrance onto the global stage with much to offer international traders looking for new markets to exploit. The exhibition took place at the Exhibition Building, one of Melbourne’s most photographed and ornately designed buildings […]

Regional Rail Link preserves Footscray railway’s station heritage

Works to conserve and restore historic buildings at Footscray railway station, as part of the Regional Rail Link project, are now complete. “Restoration of the station’s heritage-listed buildings has been undertaken in a way that ensures the significant architectural features of each building remain true to the period during which they were originally constructed,” Regional Rail […]

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