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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.    Create […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Section 9 files now open for viewing

  Accessing new files this new year Section 9 of the Public Records Act 1973 allows for the closure of “personal or private” records. This prevents the violation of personal privacy and covers such material as personnel records, medical records, police and prison records and case records concerning students, welfare recipients, children in government care […]

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 […]

Update on VERS refresh

The work on renewing the VERS standard continues and is expected to be completed around February 2015. Work is currently underway to produce software tools to construct, analyse, and view the new style VEOs. We are producing these tools for two reasons. The first, long term, reason is so that agencies and vendors can easily […]

Eureka gets an online facelift

The Eureka Stockade was an eruption of suppressed anger on the Ballarat goldfields in 1854, and remains an ongoing symbol of popular protest. Arising out of an unpopular licensing scheme, the rebellion resulted in a set of even more unpopular show trials that failed to convict any of those charged.   The records that the […]

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