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Category Archives: Blog & News

Complete our Satisfaction Survey – We just need 5 minutes

Please help us complete our quarterly visitor satisfaction survey. These survey results help us improve our services in the Reading Room and online. How long you ask? 5 minutes.  Why?  Because you’ll go in the draw for a special PROV bag of ‘archival’ goodies (books, videos, magnets, pads of paper).  Now you’re excited.    Create […]

Archival Snapshot: The Female Refuge at Carlton

Researching a non-government institution at PROV PROV (Public Record Office Victoria) does not collect the records of non-government organisations; it does however hold series of correspondence files created by a number of major Victorian government agencies. Many of these agencies file documents on a range of activities, including the government’s interaction with non-government organisations. This […]

The legacy of wartime propaganda Part 1

One hundred years ago, 112,000 Victorians enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF), 89,000 served overseas and 19,000 would tragically lose their lives. This article takes us back in time through a selection of World War I propaganda materials located in the archive.  The final year of the war It is early 1918 – three years […]

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 […]

ANZAC Commemorative Talks at Dig the Archives

What was life like for the Victorian ANZAC soldiers returned from the war? The National Archives of Australia and Public Record Office Victoria hold many records relating to defence force personnel who served in World War 1. The upcoming Dig the Archives Open Day, on Saturday 2 May, will provide Victorians with a chance to […]

Uncover new treasures at Ballarat Archives Centre

You may be surprised to learn that the Ballarat Archives Centre collection spans records from Karkarook in the far northwest of the state; Horsham in the Wimmera area; Ararat and Stawell in the Grampians area; and all the way to Daylesford, Trentham and Bacchus Marsh in the Central Highlands. And the collection continues to grow! […]

Stories of WW1 soldier settlers come to life

One of Victoria’s most important military collections is now available to the public for the first time online, as Parliamentary Secretary to the Special Minister of State, Shaun Leane, unveiled an important new website for historical and family research today. Battle to Farm enables the public access to nearly 10,000 government records on the Victorian Soldier Settlement […]

The records we preserve

The Public Records Act 1973 requires Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) to work with Victorian government agencies to select public records for permanent preservation as State Archives. So, out of all the digital and paper files government creates every day, how do we decide which ones are worth keeping forever? The selection of State Archives is guided by […]

The Way We Were Historical Photograph Competition: Dig the Archives 2015

From your attic to our archives Dig the Archives 2015 will feature explorations into Public Record Office Victoria’s rich photographic collection. To help celebrate Victoria behind the lenses, you are invited to share a unique moment of Victoria’s past from your personal collection of photographs. The entry judged to be the rarest, most artistic and […]

All sewn up at Walhalla School 957

The town of Walhalla Walhalla is a picturesque mountain town nestled into the Baw Baw Ranges of the Gippsland District. Walhalla was the centre of one of the great goldfields of Victoria when it was founded as a gold-mining community in 1862. It was home to 4,000 people and produced some 55 tonnes of gold. […]

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