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Category Archives: Blog & News

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 […]

Why volunteer with us?

Here, one of our long-standing volunteers Irene Kearsey lets us in on why she loves volunteering with us here at Public Record Office Victoria (PROV): Why did you start volunteering at PROV? During my working life, I’d collaborated with a PROV archivist to develop a retention schedule for public hospitals which got me interested in the archival […]

Bendigo Library Heritage Discovery Week

The Bendigo Regional Archives Centre is planning a week of talks, tours and workshops as part of Bendigo Library’s Heritage Discovery Week.  The Bendigo Regional Archives Centre is a grassroots historical archives centre, where visitors can view and use original historical records in person. Take a tour of the archives, discover what secrets lie amongst […]

Hazel Edwards’ 13 tips for historians marketing a memoir

Hazel Edwards is coming back to the Victorian Archives Centre this June to teach us all how to write a ‘non-boring’ memoir. Here she’s given us a sneak preview into some of her tips for what to do once your memoir is published.  13 Tips for Family Historians Marketing a Memoir: Family historians or ‘genis’ have special […]

Citizens build Bendigo in the 1870s

You may think of gravel on roads, kerbs, and the establishment of footpaths as menial tasks and not exciting to research as historical subject matter. However, examining petitions on such issues can take your research far beyond the construction of a simple footbridge. You can map the establishment of a town, question the path of […]

Find our collection through Trove

We’re thrilled to announce that our collection is now searchable through the National Library of Australia’s Trove website. Trove helps you find and use resources relating to Australia. It brings together content from libraries, museums, archives and other research organisations and includes over 475 million online resources – such as books, images, newspapers, maps, music […]

Crossing State Borders : Archives Sharing & Reusing Disposal Authorities

Recently Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) was tasked with developing new Retention and Disposal Authorities (RDAs) to provide coverage for legacy Victorian gas and electricity agency records. PROV identified that State Records NSW had already produced two general authorities (GA40 Provision of Energy Transmission and Distribution Network Services and GA37 Retailing of Energy and Associated […]

WWI in the archives

Following the end of the First World War, more than 250,000 soldiers returned to Australia; almost 78,000 to the state of Victoria alone. The Victorian Soldier Settlement Scheme was developed to provide these returned soldiers with a livelihood and as a reward for the service they had given their country on the battlefield. Between 1918 […]

New to the archives: records of geographic place names

If you’re the inquisitive type you may have wondered how a place, park or building got its name or even what it means. As part of the Land Management, Place Names record series (VPRS) 17888 recently transferred to our archives, you will be able to uncover how and why many Victorian geographic places got their […]

Victoria’s early history revealed through ‘Letters to La Trobe’ now available online

Delicate hand written 19th century letters sent to Charles Joseph La Trobe are now available online for the very first time, providing a snapshot into the lives of early Victorians. Director and Keeper of Public Records, Justine Heazlewood, said it took 18 passionate volunteers six years to digitise the 170 year old documents which are […]

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