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Monday to Friday: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
(excl. public holidays)
The second and last Saturday of every month

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Koorie Records Unit

The Koorie Records Unit promotes awareness about Aboriginal records created by governments in Victoria by:

  • Improving the accesssibility of records to the Aboriginal community;
  • Strengthening links between Public Record Office Victoria and Indigenous community organisations through outreach, education and training;
  • Providing advice and assistance to researchers wishing to access records about Aboriginal people in Public Record Office Victoria’s collection and in the collection of the National Archives of Australia’s Melbourne Office;
  • In partnership with the National Archives of Australia (NAA), provides a Koorie Reference Service with a dedicated officer jointly funded by PROV and NAA to assist researchers identify records of interest in the NAA and Public Record Office Victoria collections.

Many of these issues were the subject of the wilam naling report which was developed by the Victorian Koorie Records Taskforce. This report made a number of recommendations to the Victorian Government that provides clear and practicable solutions to the major barriers still facing Indigenous people searching for their personal records.

Koorie Records Unit

Exploring Koorie stories

Finding Your Mob - An online pocket guide to researching Aboriginal family history at the Victorian Archives Centre

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- a guide to government records about Aboriginal people in Victoria.

Footprints: the journey of Lucy and Percy Pepper - the book and touring exhibition about an Aboriginal family's struggle for survival in early 20th century Victoria

Tracking the Native Police - the touring exhibition about the Victorian Native Police Corps (1837-1852) explores some of the oldest records in Public Record Office Victoria's Collection.

Finding Your Story - a reference tool for Victorian Koorie people seeking information on their separation from family and community

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