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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 […]

Thomas’ Map of Lost Place Names for Port Phillip

 William Thomas, Protector (1839 – 1849)  On his first morning camped with the Bunurong tribe,  in July 1839, William Thomas (Aboriginal Protector from 1839 – 1849) noted in his journal that while reading his morning Psalms the admired Aboriginal hunter Poleorong (known as Billy Lonsdale) poked his head through Thomas’ tent. Poleorong insisted on sharing […]

Homage To A Music Star – The Palace Theatre

Just like the performers who have graced her stage, The Palace Theatre took on a myriad of identities throughout her 154 years of operation, experiencing arson, the depression, the ‘talkies’, musical theatre and some of the best live music acts from Australia and abroad. Sadly, at the end of May, the Palace Theatre had her […]

Current challenges of recordkeeping

This blog post from Thinking Records explores the challenges of records management in modern organisations. The blog post identifies that the key issue for recordkeepers is the tension between the need for stable records management and the need to keep technology up to date. This need is not an Information Communication Technology demand for the […]

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