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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! […]

Stories of WW1 soldier settlers come to life

One of Victoria’s most important military collections is now available to the public for the first time online, as Parliamentary Secretary to the Special Minister of State, Shaun Leane, unveiled an important new website for historical and family research today. Battle to Farm enables the public access to nearly 10,000 government records on the Victorian Soldier Settlement […]

The records we preserve

The Public Records Act 1973 requires Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) to work with Victorian government agencies to select public records for permanent preservation as State Archives. So, out of all the digital and paper files government creates every day, how do we decide which ones are worth keeping forever? The selection of State Archives is guided by […]

The Way We Were Historical Photograph Competition: Dig the Archives 2015

From your attic to our archives Dig the Archives 2015 will feature explorations into Public Record Office Victoria’s rich photographic collection. To help celebrate Victoria behind the lenses, you are invited to share a unique moment of Victoria’s past from your personal collection of photographs. The entry judged to be the rarest, most artistic and […]

All sewn up at Walhalla School 957

The town of Walhalla Walhalla is a picturesque mountain town nestled into the Baw Baw Ranges of the Gippsland District. Walhalla was the centre of one of the great goldfields of Victoria when it was founded as a gold-mining community in 1862. It was home to 4,000 people and produced some 55 tonnes of gold. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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