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Category Archives: Blog & News

New archives transfer: historic mine and infrastructure plans

More than sixty years of mining and infrastructure plans have been transferred to our archives. These records are now on open access and located at the Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne.   This series is a collection of physical plans and drawings from mines and infrastructure projects undertaken by the Mines Department and its successors […]

The legacy of wartime propaganda Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of The legacy of wartime propaganda by PROV Access Services Officer Jelena Gvozdic.  Revisit Part 1 here. The long shadow of atrocity propaganda: a new WWI scholarship emerges The German invasion of Belgium was certainly violent and it was passionately debated, well after the end of the war. 6,500 civilians perished […]

Public records featured in ‘Seeing the Land from an Aboriginal Canoe’

On the rivers of remote colonial Victoria, 19th century European settlers depended on Aboriginal navigators and canoe builders to transport goods, stock and people. A new documentary and multimedia project, now live on Culture Victoria, explores this little known aspect of colonial history through a short documentary film, image gallery, audio interviews and three short […]

Looking beyond the letter: what you can learn from a letterhead

Letters in our archives are more than just words on a page – the correspondence as well as the images and logos contained in the letterhead provide an illuminating record of the past, whether it be events, attitudes or the built environment. What’s in a letterhead? In their recent Provenance article, ‘Paper ambassadors: letterheads and […]

Aboriginal records of the Victorian archives

National Reconciliation Week National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is celebrated across Australia each year between the 27th of May and the 3rd of June commemorating the anniversaries of the 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision. The week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared history. The Koorie Records Unit at Public Record […]

Complete our Satisfaction Survey – We just need 5 minutes

Please help us complete our quarterly visitor satisfaction survey. These survey results help us improve our services in the Reading Room and online. How long you ask? 5 minutes.  Why?  Because you’ll go in the draw for a special PROV bag of ‘archival’ goodies (books, videos, magnets, pads of paper).  Now you’re excited.  If you’re […]

Archival Snapshot: The Female Refuge at Carlton

Researching a non-government institution at PROV PROV (Public Record Office Victoria) does not collect the records of non-government organisations; it does however hold series of correspondence files created by a number of major Victorian government agencies. Many of these agencies file documents on a range of activities, including the government’s interaction with non-government organisations. This […]

The legacy of wartime propaganda Part 1

One hundred years ago, 112,000 Victorians enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF), 89,000 served overseas and 19,000 would tragically lose their lives. This article takes us back in time through a selection of World War I propaganda materials located in the archive.  The final year of the war It is early 1918 – three years […]

Are you having problems opening digitised documents?

If you use Firefox or Chrome browsers, you may have noticed that it’s been difficult to open digitised documents from our website. You may have had to wait a lot longer than normal for a file to open, or your files may not have opened at all. What is going on?Both the Firefox and Chrome […]

Uncover new treasures at Ballarat Archives Centre

You may be surprised to learn that the Ballarat Archives Centre collection spans records from Karkarook in the far northwest of the state; Horsham in the Wimmera area; Ararat and Stawell in the Grampians area; and all the way to Daylesford, Trentham and Bacchus Marsh in the Central Highlands. And the collection continues to grow! […]

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