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Category Archives: Blog & News

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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You may have noticed recently we’ve been having some technical difficulties with ‘Access the Collection’. We thank you for your patience as our IT team irons out the issues. When ordering records: One error that may occur for some users is shown below (click to enlarge), including information on a quick solution, so that you […]

Royal Children’s Hospital records transfer now complete

Records from the Royal Children’s Hospital dating as far back as 1870 are now part of our collection here at the state archives. The transfer comprises a wide range of historic records created by the Hospital over the last 140 plus years. Over the course of the last five years, records ranging from hospital minutes […]

State Bank Victoria Archives – Ephemera Collection

The State Bank Victoria Archives Ephemera Collection holds many fascinating items dating back as far as 1842 all the way to 1992. With ‘Old Stuff Day’ coming up on the 2nd of March, we thought it an excellent time to take a trip back in time with one of the boxes from this collection – […]

PROV the magic time machine

This blog post was written by Marilyn Kenny, Public Record Office Victoria volunteer, and was originally given as a speech at the December 2015 PROV Volunteer Event.  What a great intimate gathering this is. Just the place to share a few secrets. The first is that my friends don’t understand me. “You go where?” they […]

Personal Victorian histories revealed in newly opened archives

As of the 1st of January, hundreds of records relating to Victoria’s history have been made public as part of Public Record Office Victoria’s annual opening of officially closed records. The records are of particular interest to family historians waiting on files that mention members of their family tree. Under Section 9 of the Public […]

Get to know our volunteers

We are lucky at Public Record Office Victoria to work with an amazing team of volunteers. Our volunteers work closely with historic records from our collection. Our volunteers are currently working on approximately 10 projects, focusing on areas of the collection such as inquest depositions, land selection documents and public works plans. All our projects have the aim of preserving […]

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