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Journey back to old school days at Old Treasury Building this March

New exhibition coming soon!   Be transported back to the old school days at Melbourne’s Old Treasury Building. Ports and sailors will be replaced by teachers and students when Sailing into Melbourne leaves the Old Treasury Building for new waters in March. The School Days: Education in Victoria exhibition will take visitors back to a time when […]

Archival Snapshot: The Controversial Warship Shenandoah

On the 25th of January 1865 the Confederate States Steamer C.S.S. Shenandoah arrived in Hobsons Bay, Victoria,  seeking repairs, provisions, and to land its prisoners.  The month of January 2015 marks the 150th anniversary since the arrival of C.S.S. Shenandoah.  The Shenandoah’s arrival created a great deal of controversy and raised serious diplomatic concerns.  This […]

Victorian Electronic Records Strategy Case Studies

The Victorian Electronic Records Strategy (VERS) has produced a series of case studies to be used as a reference guide for innovative electronic recordkeeping practices. The case studies highlight the challenges, processes, technologies and achievements encountered when undertaking electronic recordkeeping projects and digital records transfers within Victorian Government. Small and large scale projects are featured […]

Emails are the smoking gun of record keeping

Despite the amount of time we spend each day reading and sending emails, by some estimates around 28 per cent of our day, we allocate little of that time contemplating how we should manage them. Here the Public Records Office’s Alan Kong, Manager Standard and Policy, shares three facts all Victorian Government staff should remember when […]

Newly opened Section 9 files reveal: The Yarra River Baby

21 December 1934 at approximately 9.30pm, Footscray labourer William Henwood watched as a young woman walked with her baby and suitcase towards Richmond Suspension Bridge on the bank of the Yarra River. Half an hour later she walked past him again in the opposite direction, this time the baby wasn’t with her. In March the […]

Section 9 files now open for viewing

  Accessing new files this new year Section 9 of the Public Records Act 1973 allows for the closure of “personal or private” records. This prevents the violation of personal privacy and covers such material as personnel records, medical records, police and prison records and case records concerning students, welfare recipients, children in government care […]

Archival snapshot: war emergency nurses

  A nurse is a gift sent from above In 1915 there was increased need for nurses to help with the war effort so nurses were asked to sign up as “war emergency nurses” in the military hospitals.  When these nurses signed up as “war emergency nurses”,   they could not have imagined that the register which authenticates […]

Celebrating 150 Years of Sebastopol, Victoria, 1864 to 2014

Sebastopol was a long, thin, little township, strung out along the gold mines between Buninyong in the south and Ballarat, the bustling town just over Rubicon Street, in the north.  Shops and houses shared the township with mines and mullock heaps. On 1 October 1864, the Borough of Sebastopol separated from Buninyong Shire. The first […]

Eureka gets an online facelift

The Eureka Stockade was an eruption of suppressed anger on the Ballarat goldfields in 1854, and remains an ongoing symbol of popular protest. Arising out of an unpopular licensing scheme, the rebellion resulted in a set of even more unpopular show trials that failed to convict any of those charged.   The records that the […]

Archival Snapshot: Victorian Railways’ Sir Harold Clapp

Sir Harold Winthrop Clapp (7 May 1875 – 21 October 1952) was a transport administrator with the Victorian Railways who over the course of thirty years revolutionised railways as we know it. Clapp introduced faster services and more powerful locomotives, supported the farming sector and presented a report on standardising rail gauges (track width) which […]

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