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Category Archives: Blog & News

From Mos to Mullets: now showing at the Victorian Archives Centre

Your hair is your own. At the same time, hair forms part of our shared experiences as diverse communities. When brought under the gaze of others, hair becomes a marker of identity, gender and culture. In archival photography, hair also functions as a kind of visual time stamp. Wondering when a photo was taken? Well, […]

Discover new stories of Victoria’s bushrangers at the Old Treasury Building

If you thought you knew all about Victoria’s bushrangers, think again. There’s far more to it than the story of Ned Kelly. Were they Colonial ‘Robin Hoods’ or murderous thugs? From the 19th of September, a new exhibition at the Old Treasury Building will reveal the long history of bushranging in Victoria, with some new […]

Attention street snappers!

Would you like to see your photographs displayed alongside images from the state’s archival collection?  The Victorian Archives Centre’s Archives Gallery is a community gallery space welcoming street photographers interested in exhibiting their photographs. Every four months, the gallery will display a new selection of Government archival photographs based on a theme, dating back to late […]

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 […]

Family History Month across Victoria

Discover your family history in the archives this Family History Month: Victorian Archives Centre 5 August, Tour of the archives, Victorian Archives Centre, bookings required. 8 August, Family History Feast, State Library Victoria, bookings required. 18 August, Speaker series event, Victorian Archives Centre, bookings required.  Bendigo Regional Archives Centre 9 August, Discovering your ancestors in the archives, Bendigo […]

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 […]

Hazel Edwards: Why self-publish a family history online?

We’ve been pleased to welcome Hazel Edwards to the Victorian Archives Centre twice over the last few months to teach us all about writing a ‘non-boring’ family history and memoir. Here she answers some additional questions for those of you considering publishing your life story: Why do you feel that self-publishing is so important? Many family […]

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. […]

State archives on display at City Gallery

Spaceships on rooftops, a hand-shaped building and an ornamental lake with British Isles-shaped islands are among the unrealised plans for Melbourne that feature in a new City Gallery exhibition. Featuring records from our ‘Landmark’ collection, ​A History of the Future: Imagining Melbourne includes building plans, underground roads and public art projects proposed by city planners, architects, artists and […]

Our current technology issues: an apology and a plan

A message to all of our researchers, agency colleagues and institutional partners Many of you will be aware that in recent months we have been severely impacted by technology problems that have affected your ability to undertake online research of our collection. There have been periods of slowness, system time-outs and unplanned outages to our […]

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