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Category Archives: Blog & News

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 […]

Family life on Victorian soldier settlement blocks

The Victorian Soldier Settlement Scheme was heralded as a new beginning. Servicemen and women returning from fighting in World War 1 were offered blocks of farm land to help rebuild their lives. The Soldier On: WW1 Soldier Settler Stories exhibition, now showing at Old Treasury Building, uncovers the fascinating stories of these soldier settlers. Here […]

Christmas Closures

Visitors please note the following Christmas closures: Victorian Archives CentreClosing early 12 noon Fri 18 DecemberClosing for Christmas 3pm Thurs 24 DecemberReopening 10am Mon 4 January 2016  Cafe 99 will be closed from 3pm Fri 18 December to Tues 19 January at 8am.  Ballarat Archives CentreClosing for Chistmas 4.30pm Tues 22 DecemberReopening 9.30am Mon 4 January […]

Victorian Gold Jubilee Exhibition Anniversary

  This month marks the 114th anniversary of the commencement of the Victorian Gold Jubilee Exhibition, held at Bendigo from 13 November 1901 to 14 May 1902. Here, Dr. Michele Matthews from the Bendigo Regional Archives shares the story of the two volumes created to record the details of this exhibition, available to order and […]

Soldier On: WW1 Soldier Settler Stories now open

A new exhibition about the Victorian soldier settler experience is now showing at Old Treasury Building. Soldier On: WW1 Soldier Settler Stories features records from the state archives of Public Record Office Victoria revealing previously untold stories of the Victorian soldier settler experience. Between 1918 and 1934 the Soldier Settlement Scheme helped settle some 11,000 […]

Victorian history projects honoured at the 2015 Victorian Community History Awards

A book about the life of one of Australia’s most loved gardeners and writers has been announced as the 2015 Victorian Community History Award winner at a ceremony held at the Arts Centre earlier today.   Jean Galbraith: Writer in a Valley by Gippsland historian Dr Meredith Fletcher was recognised as this year’s most outstanding […]

A new exhibition is coming to Old Treasury Building

After a successful eight months of nostalgia at the Old Treasury Building, School Days: Education in Victoria is set to close in October, making way for a new exhibition from 9 November.  Soldier On:  WW1 Soldier Settler Stories features records straight from our archives, revealing previously untold stories of the Victorian soldier settler experience. The exhibition will take […]

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