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A Peak Inside Sister Saunders’ Scrapbook!

A Treasure Trove of memories from the Royal Children’s Hospital Recently, while digging through the archives I discovered a series of records within our health related records that took my interest.  The series is a real treasure trove and it includes Sister Dorothy Saunders’ scrapbook full of papers, trinkets and memorabilia. It offers us a […]

Archival Records Tell A Story of Mission Life

Victoria’s first Aboriginal missions and reserves were set up in the 1850s and 1860s by missionaries and colonial authorities. These administrators believed segregation could shield Aboriginal people from the negative effects of colonisation. Rules and regulations Rapid white settlement of the Port Phillip District from 1834 devastated the Aboriginal population. European farming on traditional lands, […]

Recipients of Victorian Local History grants, digitising the past for the future

Brighton Southern Cross Newspaper 1914-1918 What it takes to win! Local History Grant recipients in profile The Bayside Library Service and Stonnington History Centre were both awarded Local History Grants in 2013-2014 to digitise newspapers for publishing through Trove, the National Library of Australia’s online newspaper database. The National Library of Australia undertakes paid newspaper […]

Victorian Electronic Records Strategy Standard Renewal – We are seeking your feedback!

Public Record Office Victoria is conducting a project to revise the Victorian Electronic Records Strategy Standard (PROS 99/007 ‘The management of electronic records’).   We are very interested in receiving your feedback on the proposals!    We are seeking comment from vendors in relation to both the Draft VERS Standards and Specifications and the Draft Tool […]

History Students Dig the Archives for Soldier Stories

The Battle-To-Farm Project Public Record Office Victoria is currently digitising around 10,000 Soldier Settlement Records for the centenary commemoration of World War One. The entire collection of individual soldier settlement records helps to explain the highs and lows of the farming experience undertaken by many returned Victorian soldiers; most of the soldiers were offered leased […]

Thomas’ Map of Lost Place Names for Port Phillip

 William Thomas, Protector (1839 – 1849)  On his first morning camped with the Bunurong tribe,  in July 1839, William Thomas (Aboriginal Protector from 1839 – 1849) noted in his journal that while reading his morning Psalms the admired Aboriginal hunter Poleorong (known as Billy Lonsdale) poked his head through Thomas’ tent. Poleorong insisted on sharing […]

What to archive? What not to archive? Share your views

We invite you to review and comment on the proposed Appraisal Statement for Public Records required as State Archives. This is your opportunity to tell us whether this statement will ensure that we collect and preserve the records which are important and valuable to Victorian people and communities, well into the future. This is in […]

Homage To A Music Star – The Palace Theatre

Just like the performers who have graced her stage, The Palace Theatre took on a myriad of identities throughout her 154 years of operation, experiencing arson, the depression, the ‘talkies’, musical theatre and some of the best live music acts from Australia and abroad. Sadly, at the end of May, the Palace Theatre had her […]

Energy efficiency of cloud computing

At Public Record Office Victoria we are very interested in the energy efficiency of digital recordkeeping as we move into an era when government services will be hosted in the cloud. A new paper by scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories and North Western University provides some interesting clues about the energy efficiency of digital […]

New Records Transfers

The below records have been transferred into the PROV collection and are now available for ordering and viewing in our North Melbourne reading room. VA 4204 Court of General Sessions, Melbourne [1852-1968]VPRS 17020/P2 Criminal Presentments and Final Orders, Melbourne [1937-1938] VA 3752 Thiess Enviro ServicesVPRS 17413 / P2 Water Course Level Height Measurement FilesVPRS 17413 […]

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