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Copy of Provenance Issue 13 2014 V1


The 2014 Provenance journal was released in November with research articles exploring Victoria’s hidden history. The articles showcase work that draw on PROV records and range from true-crime through to landscapes and typography. 

The purpose of the journal is to foster access to PROV’s archival holdings and broaden its relevance to the wider Victorian community. 

Read the 2014 edition
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Historic Homes Research Guide

Researching historic homes through public records. 

PROV holds a wide variety of records for researching buildings and properties in Victoria.

Are you embarking on renovations and want to pay respect to your home’s heritage? Maybe you’re just keen to find out who built the house or who lived there long before you did?

This research guide, developed in collaboration with Ballarat City Council, provides an introduction to what government records can reveal when trying to discover the hidden history of a home. 


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

walata tyamateetj

A guide to government records about Aboriginal people in Victoria.

walata tyamateetj is the latest publication from Public Record Office of Victoria’s Koorie Records Unit. walata tyamateetj meaning ‘carry knowledge’ in the Gunditjmara language of western Victoria is a guidebook offering a detailed listing of Aboriginal public records held in Victoria. This guidebook hopes to improve access to government records about Aboriginal people, families, communities and culture.

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Finding Your Mob

Finding Your Mob

Researching Aboriginal family history at the Victorian Archives Centre.

Public Record Office Victoria’s Koorie Records Unit  has produced a booklet for Aboriginal people researching their Victorian family history.  The booklet describes the types of records held in the collections of both Public Record Office Victoria and the National Archives of Australia.  It offers advice about how to get started with family history research and explains the Koorie Reference Service available to Aboriginal people. 

To view a copy of Finding Your Mob online click here

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Our Publications

Public Record Office Victoria produces a range of print and web-based publications about the stories in our collection, how to conduct family and local history research, as well as the annual referred history journal Provenance. Our printed publications are available for purchase through our online shop. For up-to-date news, why not subscribe to one of our newsletters today! 

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