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(excl. public holidays)
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We will be closing the Reading Room at 1:30pm on Fri 19 Dec, reopening Mon 22nd at 10:00 am

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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 […]

PROV volunteers nominated for Melbourne Award

Now in its 12th year, the Melbourne Awards were introduced by the City of Melbourne to recognise outstanding achievements of organisations and individuals who are committed to making Melbourne a unique place to live, visit and do business. The Public Record Office’s volunteer program is a finalist for the prestigious ‘Contribution to Community Award’. Our […]

Archival Snapshot: Exhibition Photos Display Fashions of 1888

The Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition of 1888 was a pinnacle moment in Melbourne’s development as a City. It marked the city’s entrance onto the global stage with much to offer international traders looking for new markets to exploit. The exhibition took place at the Exhibition Building, one of Melbourne’s most photographed and ornately designed buildings […]

History Week – Victorian Community History Award Winners 2014

Public Record Office Victoria announce the 2014 Victorian Community History Award winners 20 October, 2014 As part of History Week celebrations, Public Record Office Victoria today honours the winners of the 2014 Victorian Community History Awards. The annual Awards, funded by the Victorian government, and coordinated by the Public Record Office of Victoria recognise the […]

Vida! The Australian Suffragist Who Shook Up An Empire

It’s impossible to discuss the Australian and global suffrage movement without talking about Melbourne woman Vida Goldstein. One of the women who tirelessly traveled across Melbourne and Victoria gathering 30,000 signatures for the 1891 Women’s Suffrage Petition. Aimed at securing Victorian women the right to vote. The petition was the largest known petition of the […]

Suffragette Brettena Smyth Taught Birth Control in 1880

Brettena Smyth was a feminist freethinker, author, lecturer, suffragist and women’s health reform campaigner. She was also a vocal supporter of the 1891 Women’s Suffrage Petition, an important public record now on display from October 2014 at the Museum of Democracy at Eureka. In 1873 Brettena Smyth, a recently-widowed mother of four children, closed the […]

Ballarat Suffragette Signed Petition to Stop Alcoholism

Mary Morrison was living in Ballarat, Victoria at the time she signed the 1891 Women’s Suffrage Petition. It is one of Victoria’s most important public records and on display at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka from October 2014. She was born in 1863 in Morrisson’s, a small gold-mining settlement near Ballarat. Her father […]

World’s Largest Petition Of 19th Century Back In Ballarat

On 1 October, 2014,  the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (MADE) in Ballarat will publicly display the giant 1891 Women’s Suffrage Petition. That year, a band of extraordinary women set out to prove to the Victorian Parliament that women should have the right to vote.  Led by early women’s rights activists like Isabella Goldstein […]

Recipients of Victorian Local History grants, digitising the past for the future

Brighton Southern Cross Newspaper 1914-1918 What it takes to win! Local History Grant recipients in profile The Bayside Library Service and Stonnington History Centre were both awarded Local History Grants in 2013-2014 to digitise newspapers for publishing through Trove, the National Library of Australia’s online newspaper database. The National Library of Australia undertakes paid newspaper […]

Drowned With Gold

The Royal Charter was one of the fastest ships traveling from Liverpool to Australia during the Victorian gold rush. In August 1859 the Royal Charter passenger ship left Melbourne for Liverpool, carrying 452 men, women and children, and a cargo of gold valued at £320,000 – the equivalent of more than A$170 million today! In the […]

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