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walata tyamateetj (carry knowledge) wins archive publication award

walata tyamateetj [wa-lata  tee-ama-teej], a guide to Victorian government records about Aboriginal people, was awarded a Mander Jones Award for best finding aid to an archival collection at the Australian Society of Archivists annual conference earlier this week.  The Mander Jones Publication Awards honour Phyllis Mander Jones who, among other contributions to the profession, authored Manuscripts in the […]

New online index: Body Cards 1959-1985

What are ‘Body Cards’? This series, named ‘Body Cards’ after the cardboard files contained within, include records of deaths reported to the Melbourne Coroner’s Court between 1959 and 1985.  Deaths reported to the Melbourne Coroner’s Court included unexpected, unnatural, or violent deaths, deaths in care or custody, and when the identity of the person was […]

Bendigo’s ‘Petitions of the People’

The Bendigo Regional Archives Centre website hosts a series of digitised ‘Petitions of the People’ ranging from 1870 to 1899. These fascinating records can be useful sources of information for family history research, as each scanned petition includes names, signatures and often occupation of each signator. There are currently 273 petitions available to download with […]

Upcoming Event: Start your family history research

Celebrate Family History Month! Are you curious to learn more about your family’s past but don’t know where to start? Do you have some branches on your family tree left to fill? Start your family research journey at the Victorian Archives Centre! This session will take you through the basics of how to get started […]

Celebrate Family History Month in Regional Victoria

August is Family History Month, a time for celebrating and discovering more about family history. There are a number of events in Bendigo and Ballarat throughout August, all designed to help new archival researchers navigate the collections and start delving deeper into their family history.  Bendigo The Bendigo Regional Archives Centre will host three events in […]

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 […]

One hundred years of history at Bendigo

The Bendigo Regional Archives Centre holds a treasure trove of regional history amongst its Bendigo Council Plans and Maps collection. Here, archives officer Dr. Michele Matthews takes us through some of her favourite items from the collection: Bendigo Council Plans and Maps The Bendigo Council’s Plans and Maps collection is very extensive, covering a wide variety […]

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.   […]

‘A’ is for Animals at the Melbourne Zoo

In this month’s archival snapshot, PROV’s Graham Herschell delves into the records of the Melbourne Zoological Gardens: Carnage at the Zoo: Jerboa savaged by Short Haired Flying Squirrel So might go the headline among the inhabitants of the Melbourne Zoological Gardens in November 1899. The poor Jerboa, a tiny jumping rodent, wasn’t the only zoo […]

New archives transfer: historic mine and infrastructure plans

More than sixty years of mining and infrastructure plans have been transferred to our archives. These records are now on open access and located at the Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne.   This series is a collection of physical plans and drawings from mines and infrastructure projects undertaken by the Mines Department and its successors […]

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