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Newly indexed “Deeds of Composition” shed light on financial dealings in Melbourne 1871-98

Melbourne ‘Deeds of Composition’ are now searchable by name, location, occupation and year thanks to the hard work of our volunteers. What are ‘Deeds of Composition’? A ‘Deed of Composition’ is the record of arrangements between insolvent debtors and their creditors in which they agree to settle for a percentage of the amounts owed. This […]

What is ‘Moveable Heritage’?

Not for sale! Limits on the international trade of records in Australia Most people in the heritage and archives community understand that Victorian public records are protected from being illegally sold or removed, damaged or destroyed. Unlike a library you cannot simply borrow a public record from our North Melbourne, nor any other, Reading Room! […]

New transfer: SECV Latrobe Valley Photo Collection

A new set of photo albums has been added to our State Electricity Commission of Victoria (SECV) Latrobe Valley Photographic Collection.  The SECV Latrobe Valley Photographic Collection began in the 1920s with photographs taken of the progress of construction of the Yallourn Township, Power Station and Briquette Factory. It continued on a part-time basis until […]

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 […]

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