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 team of more than 120 volunteers undertake work on under-utilised or difficult-to-use areas of our archival collection.
The volunteer program has run for over twenty years, with volunteers providing an incredible 21,000 hours annually. Their work enables researchers to easily discover previously hidden links to people, places and decisions that have shaped Melbourne’s history.
The most recent projects our volunteers have worked on include digitising and indexing records related to:
• Over 30,000 prisoners in Melbourne area jails
• Melbourne court cases
• Wards of the state
• Indigenous Australians
• Establishment of Government in Melbourne (from policing to schooling systems)
• Melbourne’s built environment (maps and plans)
We are proud of our volunteers for their hard work, dedication and passion, and their amazing help undertaking this important work.
Managers of the volunteer program, Jack Martin and Leigh Kinrade, will be attending the Melbourne Awards to see if we win on Saturday 15 November at Melbourne Town Hall.
See the full list of finalists here.
If you would like to volunteer for the Public Record Office of Victoria keep an eye on our training and orientation schedule.