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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

New Records Transfers

New PROV logo BLACKThe below records have been transferred into the PROV collection and are now available for ordering and viewing in our North Melbourne reading room.

VA 3706 Monash (City Council 1994-ct)
VA 2532 Waverley (City 1961-1994)
VPRS 17328 / P1 Voters Roll [1989]
VPRS 16187 / P2 Rate Summary Books [1987]
VPRS 16187 / P3 Rate Summary Books (Valuation) [1974-1980]
VPRS 16187 / P4 Rate Summary Books (Revaluation Listing) [1972-1980]

VA 3698 La Trobe (Shire 1994-2000; City 2000-ct)
VA 644 Traralgon Shire
VPRS 17017 / P1 & P2 Rate Books

VA 605 Morwell Shire
VPRS 17018 / P1 Rate Books

VA 4094 Central Gippsland Region Water Authority (trading as Gippsland Water) ( 1994-ct)
VPRS 17080/ P1 Outward Letter Books (1975-1991)
VPRS 17081/ P1 Records of Outward Letters (1981-1991)
VPRS 17082/ P1 House Connection Plans – (1965 – 1994)
VPRS 17083/ P1 House Connection Plans – (1939 – 1994)

VA 2530 Warrnambool II (Municipal District 1855-1863; Borough 1863-1883; Town 1883-1918; City 1918-1994)
VPRS 16261 / P2 Rate Books [1858-1874]
VPRS 17375 / P1 Voters’ Rolls [1880-1884]

The below records have been transferred into the PROV collection and are now available for ordering and viewing in our Ballarat reading room.

VA 3708 Moorabool (Shire 1994-ct)
VA 2399 Buninyong I (Road District 1858-1864; Shire 1864-1994)
VPRS 16316 / P2 Rate and Valuation Cards [1973-1994]

VA 967 Ballan (Road District 1862-1864; Shire 1864-1994)
VPRS 16965 / P2 Register of Rateable Properties, Cards [1979-1994]

VA 2378 Bacchus Marsh II (Shire 1871-1994)
VPRS 16988 / P1 Register of Rateable Properties, Cards [1982-1994]

VA 2533 Werribee (Shire 1972-1994)
VPRS 17297 / P1 Rate Cards [1972-1994]

Showcase Record – December 2013

Texas Tobacco Plantations (QLD) Scam

The King vs Charles Anthony Brough

Frederick Joseph Field and Richard William Musson

 - Criminal Trial Brief -VPRS 30/P0 Unit 2507 Item 153

A deal, seemingly too good to be true, usually is…

In 1932 seven eager individuals were swindled into investing their money and goodwill into the ‘Texas Tobacco Plantations Propriety Limited’ Scam.

'Samples' of Tobacco leaves supplied by C Brough on behalf of the Texas Tobacco Plantation Propriety Limited.

Fig 1 – ‘Samples’ of Tobacco leaves supplied by C Brough on behalf of the Texas Tobacco Plantation Propriety Limited

No one would have suspected esteemed Army Captain Charles Anthony Brough and his well-to-do pals, Frederick Joseph Field and Richard William Musson of being fraudsters and so the well orchestrated ploy to relieve excited potential Tobacco Farmers of their hard earned cash was well advertised in the Argus and actively promoted by unaware business and estate agent, John Jessop.

The accused claimed that they were representing the Texas Tobacco Plantations directly in relation to land situated in Texas and Archerfield Queensland.  They offered investment and farming opportunities on both farms, going so far as to provide ‘Samples’ of Tobacco, Photographs of the plantation, bogus farm maps and a promise of rations, lodging and training once the farm was up and running.

Each man was to pay a 100 pound deposit to secure their rations and lodgings on the Archerfield tobacco farm for 12 months with future prospects of having individual options over 15 acres of Tobacco farmland once they were trained.

Such an exciting prospect was never meant to be.

Upon arriving in Queensland, the seven individuals followed instructions set out by Charles Brough to meet at a Farm house and were advised that they would be collected the following day and taken to Archerfield.  The following day their ride didn’t come.  After much wiring to and fro they finally made their way to Archerfeild, where it came to light that the Texas Tobacco company had no stakes or ownership over the land there, nor were there any prospects of them obtaining such land in the future.

A bogus Map of the Archerfield used as a prop to lure unsuspecting farmers.

Fig 2 – A bogus Map of the Archerfield used as a prop to lure unsuspecting farmers

The men, confused and angry, demanded their money back. This was refused.  Instead a pay off of 50 pounds was suggested to be given in installments. The men agreed as they were all broke.  Some of the men received their 50 pounds over a matter of weeks, but not all.

The situation went to Court and after a lengthy trial involving many witnesses and a plethora of evidence the three men were sentenced to three years imprisonment for ‘Conspiracy to defraud’.

Frederick Field and Richard Musson were released on good behaviour 2 years later, but sadly Captain Charles Brough passed away 6 months into his sentence at the age of 43.  It is claimed he died ‘peacefully of natural causes’.

Criminal Trial Brief -VPRS 30/P0 Unit 2507 Item 153  - Conspiracy to Defraud

Fig 3 – Criminal Trial Brief -VPRS 30/P0 Unit 2507 Item 153 – Conspiracy to Defraud


Lee Hooper – Access Services Officer

New Public Records Regulations 2013

27 November 2013

The Public Records Regulations 2013 (Regulations) were made by the Governor in Council on 19 November 2013, and are effective from 24 November 2013. The new regulations are the result of a lengthy review and analysis, which included two phases of consultation with PROV stakeholder groups. PROV sincerely thanks everyone who participated in these consultations.

Changes to conditions of use

The conditions of use have been revised to better reflect current expectations. Regular users of the Reading Room at the Victorian Archives Centre or the Ballarat Archives Centre will note that the proposed conditions are in line with existing practices which are available in a number of fact sheets.

Changes to fees

As the fees are set by the Regulations, PROV has not been able to increase its photocopying or digitising charges in 10 years. This has resulted in fee levels being charged at a lower rate than the cost of recovery. PROV’s renewed Regulations include a relatively small increase in fees to address this. We believe that this small increase will help us to continue to deliver quality reproduction services to our users throughout the next decade.

In addition, many of the fees are now expressed in the Regulations as ‘fee units’. The value of the fee unit is set for each financial year by the Treasurer of Victoria in their annual budget, and is intended to allow for fees to rise in line with inflation. The value of the fee unit for 2013-14 is $12.84.

Please note: PROV welcomes and encourages all users to make their own digital representations of public records using their own digital cameras or digital cameras provided in the Reading Rooms.

Some services have been removed from the Regulations:

  • Microfilm services are no longer listed in the Regulations, however, material from microfilm can still be obtained in a number of forms:
    • A researcher can make a copy from a computer or a microform reader onto their own USB free of charge.
    • Printing from microform readers will be phased out as the equipment becomes unserviceable. In the meantime, there will be no charge for self-service printing.
  • Fees for inspection of records will no longer apply. PROV inspects all records on their admission to the archive.

The new Regulations can be downloaded: Public Records Regulations 2013

A comparison of the changes to Conditions of Use and the Fees can be downloaded: Public Records Regulations Comparisonvic_gov_logo_takecare_hiresNew PROV logo BLACK

If you have any questions regarding the Public Records Regulations, please contact attention Standards and Policy.

New Records Transfers


The below records have been transferred into the PROV collection and are now available for ordering and viewing in our North Melbourne reading room.

VA 4554 Department of Sustainability and Environment
VPRS 8168 / P6 Historic Plan Collection
VPRS 16306 / P2 Record Plans (Put Away and Current) [For P1 consignment use microfiche copy VPRS 16931]
VPRS 16931 / P1 Record Plans (Put Away) [microfiche copy of VPRS 16306 p1]
VPRS 16935 / P1 Index to Record Plans (Put Away) [microfiche copy of VPRS 16719]
VPRS 16720 / P1 Index to Record Plans (Put Away and Current)

VA 511 Melbourne City Council
VPRS 11198 / P1 Queen of the Pacific Beauty Quest: Newspaper Cuttings (1970 to 1977)
VPRS 17106 / P1 Agendas and Draft Minutes of the Trustees of the Officers’ Superannuation Fund (1922 to 1960)
VPRS 17107 / P1 Minutes of Meetings of Trustees of the Officers’ Superannuation Fund (1922 to 1961)
VPRS 17108 / P1 Correspondence Files of Trustees of the Officers’ Superannuation Fund (1920 to 1959)
VPRS 17109 / P1 Officers’ Superannuation Fund Correspondence Files, Rules and Actuarial Reports (1916 to 1964)
VPRS 17110 / P1 Contract Book (1882 to 1905)
VPRS 17128 / P1 City Architects Specification Book (1907 to 1911)
VPRS 17129 / P1 Metropolitan General Cemetery Records (1879 to 1896)
VPRS 17130 / P1 Plans of Exhumations – Old Melbourne Cemetery (1885 -1920)
VPRS 17131 / P1 Correspondence – Old Melbourne Cemetery (1846 to 1906)
VPRS 17132 / P1 Index to Chairman of Commissioners’ Numerical Files (1980 to 1988)
VPRS 17133 / P1 Index to Commissioners’ Subject Correspondence Files (1982)
VPRS 17134 / P1 Official Bid for Olympic Games (1990)
VPRS 17135 / P1 City Engineer’s Index to Town Clerk’s Correspondence Files (1911 to 1978)
VPRS 17136 / P1 Councillors’ Disclosure of Interest Returns (1970 to 1984)
VPRS 17137 / P1 Index to Legal Opinions Sought by the Council (1842 to 1954)
VPRS 17138 / P1 Town Clerk’s Contract Register (1937 to 1950)
VPRS 16940 / P2 By-Laws (1852 to 1958)

VA 3699 Loddon (Shire 1995-ct)
VA 2426 East Loddon (Road District 1864-1871; Shire 1871-1995)
VPRS 16928 / P1 Council Minutes [1870-1961]
VPRS 16928 / P2 Council Minutes [1961-1992]
VRPS 16986 / P1 Index to Council Minutes [1870-1946]
VRPS 16986 / P2 Index to Council Minutes [1974-1977]
VRPS 16986 / P3 Index to Council Minutes [1968-1993]
VRPS 16986 / P4 Index to Council Minutes [1959-1961]
VRPS 16986 / P5 Index to Council Minutes [1934-1949]
VRPS 16987 / P1 List of File Classification and Subject Headings Index, Multiple Number System  [c1970-1994]

VA 2332 Frankston I (Shire 1960-1966; City 1966-1994) and
VA 3732 Frankston II (City 1994-ct)
VPRS 17320 / P1 Sub-division Register [1961-2000]

VA 2333 Frankston and Hastings (Shire 1893-1960)
VPRS 17321 / P1 Contract Register [1915-1960]
VPRS 11016 / P2 Rate Books [1932-1940]
VPRS 17322 / P1 Valuation Books [1919-1926]
VPRS 17323 / P1 Notices of Motion [1925-1947]

VA 2332 Frankston I (Shire 1960-1966; City 1966-1994)
VPRS 17324 / P1 Contract Register [1960-1988]
VPRS 17325 / P1 Notices of Motion [1966-1970]

Information Management Maturity Measurement Tool – IM3 Tool

On 29th November 2013, at the Records Information Management Professionals Australasia, State Seminar, the Public Record Officer Victoria (PROV) launched its newly created Information Management Maturity Measurement, titled the IM3.

The IM3 is designed for staff in Victorian Government agencies to assess the level of development of Information Management (IM) strategies and practices with in their organisation. It has been developed by PROV to assist government staff to negotiate the complex requirements of today’s IM environment.

Results from this assessment can be used to:

• Identify strengths and weaknesses in information management
• Prioritise areas of information management in the organisation that need attention
• Link to relevant WoVG documents, standards and guidelines
• Assist in setting goals for information management capability and skills development
• Support a case for resources or initiatives to improve information and records management.

The IM3.guides users through a series of 17 assessment questions based around four information management characteristics:

• People
• Organisation
• Information Lifecycle and Quality
• Business Systems and Processes

User’s answers to each question, denotes a level of maturitry ranging from Level 1: Unmanaged to Level 5: Proactive.
Assessment results are generated in graph and tabular format and accompanied by a ‘Developing Information Maturity in Your Organisation’ document which can be utilised to identify ways to develop particular information management characteristics.

As PROV is committed to the efficient management of public records and information, it would be greatly appreciated if organisations using the IM3 tool were able to provide PROV with user feedback and a copy of their assessment results. Information provided would be kept confidential and used for the purpose of continuously improving the IM3 tool.

For further information contact David Brown, Assistant Director, Government Services, PROV

or click to access the IM3 tool

War wounded: Mont Park Hospital for the Insane


Recently Australia stopped what they were doing for one minute to remember the men and women who put their lives on the line in the name of their country. At 11am on 11 November we stop to remember our diggers, our patriarchs and matriarchs who enlisted in wars for the betterment of their Australia.

During this time, inevitably news pieces crop up about the tragedies and triumphs of our diggers, the untold stories about their heroics in the line of fire. However, one story grabbed my attention in particular. When we think about soldiers returning home after the battles, when they are shipped back to the home front due to injury or the eventual cessation of the hostilities, we think about joyous rapture to be away from the brutalities of war and back in the arms and comfort of their families and loved ones. What is not so frequently written or discussed is what the brutal nature of war can do to a soldier’s mental health. Whilst today, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is recognised as a real part of the repercussions of war, at the conclusion of the First and Second World War’s common phrases such as “shell shock” were used to describe the state in which soldiers returned home. In hindsight, these cases of “shell shock” could possibly have also been cases of PTSD or further mental health issues related to the trauma and brutality of war. So it was in a recent piece about the influx of returned soldiers to the Mont Park (Hospital for the Insane 1912-1934) which made me delve deeper into available records held at the Public Record Office Victoria (PROV).

VPRS 7527 P1 Unit 1

Due to the nature of these records, the more recent files are closed under the privacy act, whereby if a record relates to a person this will be closed for 75 years from the date of creation (for adults) and for 99 years from the date of creation (for children). However, the timeframe in which I was looking was during and proceeding the years of the First World War. This time frame led me to unearth a box of records which relates specifically to the correspondence files of the ‘Military Mental Hospital’ at Mont Park.

These records are an insightful look into Mont Park Repatriation Hospital for returned soldiers and detail correspondence between such agencies as The Australian Red Cross Society, ‘the Lunacy Department’ and individuals seeking further information.

A few letters struck a particular cord; firstly the reply to a piece written to the editor of a newspaper in March 1925. This publication from the President of the Sailors’ and Soldiers’ Fathers’ Association of New South Wales was an objection relating to repatriated soldiers’ and ‘lunatics’ being housed together at Mont Park and Bundoora, thus slowing down the process of the returned soldiers’ recovery. The reply to this editorial piece came in the form of a letter from Dr. W. E. Jones. Inspector-General of the Insane. Dr. Jones stated that, ‘a very considerable number of returned soldiers have been sent to Lunatic Asylums, because their mental condition has been judged by the Department of Repatriation as not being due in any way to the stress of the war.’

Another piece of correspondence from a few years later in November 1927 ignited my interest. Dr. Jones wrote to the Deputy Commissioner in the Department of State Repatriation (Victoria) about one particular Private who had initially been voluntarily admitted to Bundoora, before being discharged and then subsequently immediately re-admitted under the Mental Treatment Act in 1925. The terse correspondence describes a battle between admitting the Private under the Mental Treatment Act rather than the Lunacy Act. Mr McPhee, the Deputy Commissioner argues that, ‘The Mental Treatment Act, it is understood, was introduced to protect the returned soldiers who became insane as the result of war service from the stigma of being certified as lunatics…’

These records are filled with correspondence relating to particular returned soldiers requesting leave, their mental capacity, queries from other Australian state departments as to the running of such institutions, and the disputes surrounding the reasons for soldiers needing to be housed in such institutions and classified as ‘lunatics’. It is an eye opening collection of correspondence which brings to light the aftermath of the bloody battle Australians fought to protect their King and country.

Phoebe Wilkens, Access Services Officer

VA 2846 Mont Park (Hospital for the Insane 1912-1934; Mental Hospital 1934-c.1970s; Mental/Psychiatric Hospital c.1970s-ct.)

VPRS 7424 Nominal Register of Patients

VPRS 7527 Military Mental Hospital Correspondence Files

New Records Transfers


The below records have been transferred into the PROV collection and are now available for ordering and viewing in our North Melbourne reading room.

VA 2620 Registrar of Probates, Supreme Court (1960-ct)
VPRS 7591 / P19 Wills [1992]

VA 2549 Supreme Court
VPRS 17078 / P1 Draft Jury Roll [1959-1968]

VA 4204 Court of General Sessions, Melbourne [1852-1968]
VPRS 17020/P1 Criminal Presentments and Final Orders, Melbourne, Annual Single Number System [1902-1936]

VA 3707 Moonee Valley (City 1994-ct)
VA 898 Essendon (Borough 1882-1890; Town 1890-1909; City 1909-1994)
VPRS 16991 / P1 Annual Statement of Accounts [1882-1994]
VPRS 16992 / P1 Rate Records, Computer Printouts [1979-1991]
VPRS 17004 / P1 Deeds and Securities Register and Index [1899-1990]
VPRS 17005 / P1 Building Permit Applications Register [1915-1974]
VPRS 17009 / P1 Contract Register [1907-1978]

VA 3707 Moonee Valley (City 1994-ct)
VPRS 17010 / P1 Rate Records, Computer Printouts [1994-1996]

VA 3690 Greater Dandenong (City 1994-ct)
VPRS 14716 / P2 Council Minutes [2000-2004]

VA 3993 Dandenong I (Road District 1857-1873; Shire 1873-1955)
VPRS 17050 / P1 Valuation and Rate Books (1928-1944)

VA 4966  Corinella Cemetery Trust
VPRS 17045 / P1 Minute Book and Record of Burials
VPRS 17046 / P1 Receipt Book
VPRS 17047 / P1 Order Book
VPRS 17048 / P1 Order and Receipt Book

VA 3862  Corangamite Shire Council
VPRS 16770/ P2 Council Minutes
VPRS 17079/ P1 Subject Index Shire Minutes

VA 3673 Bayside (City 1994-ct)
VA 2505 Sandringham (Borough 1917-1919; Town 1919-1923; City 1923-1994)
VPRS 14659 / P2 Rate and Valuation Books [1917-1937]
VRPS 14661 / P2 Rate and Valuation Cards [1937-1974]

VA 573 Brighton (Municipal District 1859-1963; Borough 1863-1887; Town 1887-1919; City 1923-1994)
VPRS 573 / P5 Rate and Valuation Books [1932]

The below records have been transferred into the PROV collection and are now available for ordering and viewing in our Ballarat reading room.

VA 3734 Horsham III (Rural City 1995-ct)
VPRS 16966 / P2 Council Agenda [2010]
VPRS 16967 / P2 Council Minutes [2009]

VA 2440 Horsham II (Borough 1882-1932; Town 1932-1949; City 1949-1995)
VPRS 16969 / P2 Council Agenda [1986-1994]

Digging up the past: The Old Melbourne Cemetery

Just last week Melbourne’s Lord Mayor; Robert Doyle announced the state government’s intention to upgrade the Queen Victoria Market. This major project will inturn create thousands of jobs both in the market and its surrounds, as well as construction jobs.  Whilst this new upgrade might be great for the future of Melbourne, with the local economy likely to garner an abundance of new jobs, with additional tourist dollars flowing in; the historians amongst us may question the past.

What is today known as the Queen Victoria Market, a vast and vibrant iconic Melbourne institution that locals and tourists alike frequent, was once the Old Melbourne Cemetery. This burial ground was in existence from as early as 1837.  However, with the gradual expansion and encroachment of the market place, saw the slow demise of the cemetery holdings, with land increasingly being taken over for the purpose of the markets.

As early as 1877 sections of the original cemetery which was allocated to Aboriginal and Quaker burials, as well as unused sections of the Jewish area were taken over for the purpose of the growing market place.  In 1917 the final burial in the Old Melbourne Cemetery took place, with exhumations beginning in mid-1920 with only a ‘narrow strip of land affected’, and only marked graves exhumed.  The cemetery was eventually closed permanently by 1922, reportedly having been the final resting place for up to 10,000 early Victorian settlers.  However, with exhumations about to begin contention ensued, as there were many notable pioneers buried within the Old Melbourne Cemetery, who’s resting place would have to be disturbed in order to convert the space into market holdings. Such significant Victorians buried, included John Batman, the founder of Melbourne; Mr James Jackson, the first merchant in Melbourne; and Mr J. H. N. Cassell, the first Minister for Customs.

VPRS 9591/P0/1 Record of significant graves – Old Melbourne Cemetery

VPRS 9591/P0/1 Record of significant graves – Old Melbourne Cemetery – A TOOTAL

By the time exhumations were underway the responsibility fell to the Melbourne City Council, who identified 525 marked graves.  There remains, alongside many others were to be re-interred at the Fawkner General Cemetery, and later St Kilda, Melbourne General and Springvale Cemeteries.  However during further excavation works in the 1990s more remains were uncovered.  And again in 2011 the Melbourne City Council put together a plan for a proposed two-level underground car park at the markets, which brought the history of the site back into prominence, with Councillors arguing that the excavation of the site would not be ‘an issue’ if remains were to be uncovered.

VPRS 17131/P1/1 Correspondence, Old Melbourne Cemetery

VPRS 17131/P1/1 Correspondence, Old Melbourne Cemetery

Within the records held here at the Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) is a plethora of interesting information from the Old Melbourne Cemetery, which includes such things as notes on exhumations, correspondence and letter books regarding the Old Melbourne Cemetery and records of significant graves.  These records, along with Melbourne City Council minutes and records from the Board of Land and Works and the Public Works department can be a great starting point to dig a little deeper into the history that is the Queen Victoria Market.

Phoebe Wilkens
Access Services Officer

Records available at PROV by agency and series

VA 4779 Old Melbourne Cemetery Trust

VA 669 Board of Land and Works

VA 511 Melbourne City Council

VPRS 8915/P2/33 Valuation Field Books: Painsdale Place to Queen Victoria Market

VPRS 17131/P1/1 Correspondence, Old Melbourne Cemetery

VPRS 9588/P1/1 Notes on exhumations

VPRS 987/P0/1 Cemeteries, outward letter book

VPRS 9591/P0/1 Record of significant graves – Old Melbourne Cemetery

VPRS 9583/P3 Alphabetical record of burials – Old Melbourne Cemetery (digitised)

New Records Transfers

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 The below records have been transferred into the PROV collection and are now available for ordering and viewing in our North Melbourne reading room.

VA 4925 Department of Business and Innovation
VPRS 16772 / P1 General Correspondence Files, Annual Single Number System
VPRS 16771 / P1 General Correspondence Files, Single Number System

VA 484:  Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD)
VPRS 16963 / P1 Central Correspondence Files – Annual Single Number System with Alpha

VA 4859 Victorian Law Reform Commission (2000-ct)
VPRS 16215 / P3 References and Community Law Reform Projects [2001-2012]
VPRS 17022 / P1 Annual Reports and Financial Statements [2011-2011]

The below records have been transferred into the PROV collection and are now available for ordering and viewing in our Ballarat reading room.

VA 3730 Ararat III (Rural City 1994-ct)
VA 2375 Ararat I (Municipal District 1858, Borough 1858-1934; Town 1934-1950; City 1950-1994)
VPRS 16022 / P1 General Correspondence Files, Alpha-Numeric System [1977-1994]
VPRS 16024 / P1 General Correspondence Files, Alpha-Numeric System, City Engineer [1977-1994]
VPRS 16039 / P1 Index To Council Minutes [1909-1976]
VPRS 16040 / P1 Committee Minutes [1909-1916]
VPRS 16040 / P2 Committee Minutes [1966-1986]
VPRS 16040 / P3 Committee Minutes [1974-1983]
VPRS 16031 / P1 Notice of Motion Book [1872-1981]
VPRS 16036 / P1 Balance Book and Statement of Accounts [1890- 1983] * (Unit 2 Closed s11)
VPRS 16037 / P1 General Ledger [1858-1966]
VPRS 16032 / P1 Contract Register, Country Roads Board [1915-1940] * (Unit 1 Closed s11)
VPRS 16025 / P1 Register of Inward Correspondence [1903-1926] * (Unit 2 Closed s11)
VPRS 16037 / P1 Registered Premises Register [1921-1929]
VPRS 16035 / P1 By Laws and Regulations [1874-1974]
VPRS 16026 / P1 Authorised List of File Classifications [1974-1994]
VPRS 12992 / P5 Rate Records [1858-1906] * (Unit 2 Closed s11)
VPRS 12992 / P6 Rate Records [1981-1994]
VPRS 12994 / P2 Outward Letter Books [1904-1910] * (Units 1, 2 & 3 Closed s11)

VA 1948 Ararat Sewerage Authority
VPRS 16028 / P1 Minutes [1935-1984]
VPRS 16029 / P1 House Connection Contract Register [1939-1951]
VPRS 16027 / P1 Index to Authority Minutes [1981]
VPRS 16023 / P1 General Correspondence Files, Alpha-Numeric System [1958-1980]

VA 2375 Ararat I (Municipal District 1858; Borough 1858-1934, Town 1934-1950; City 1950-1994) and
VA 1948 Ararat Sewerage Authority
VPRS 16033 / P1 Contract Register [1902-1957]
VPRS 16038 / P1 Annual Reports [1957-1981]

VA 2056 Shire of Ararat Waterworks Trust and
VA 2042 Willaura Sewerage Authority
VPRS 16041 / P1 Minutes [1984]

VA 2376 Ararat II (Road District 1861-1864; Shire 1864-1994)
VPRS 12991 / P3 Council Minutes [1861-1867]

Creative Commons and Open Data Presentations

On the 24th October, Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) hosted a short event, showcased two well respected speakers, Mr. Neale Hooper and Ms. Pia Waugh.

Mr. Neale Hooper is an intellectual property and ICT lawyer who worked for over 20 years in the Queensland Government’s Crown Law Office (in the Department of Justice and Attorney General), providing specialist legal services in these areas.  Since 2005, Neale has been part of the Creative Commons Australia team, working on licence revisions and implementation and open data/open government policy development.  Neale was the principal lawyer for the Queensland Government’s Government Information Licensing Framework (GILF) Project, leading the legal work on the project from its inception in 2005. In 2010-2011 Neale was engaged as the Principal Project Implementation Manager for GILF in the Office of the Queensland Chief Information Officer, working on the implementation of CC licensing across all Queensland Government Departments.  He has consulted widely on CC licensing with Government agencies in Australia and overseas and is recognised internationally as an expert on CC licences.

In his presentation, Neale talked about how Creative Commons licensing is being used in Australia, particularly in the government sector, and provided an overview of recent developments (including the version 4.0 international licence suite).

Neale’s slides can be accessed at 
For more information, the Creative Commons Australia page on Slideshare is located at
Ms. Pia Waugh is currently working as a Director of Coordination and Gov 2.0 for the Australian Government CTO looking at whole of government technology, services and procurement. This is in the Department of Finance, itself a central agency focused on whole of government operations.  Prior to that she worked in the ACT Government as an Open Government Policy Advisor and on the data ACT open data platform, the first of it’s kind in Australia.  

In her presentation, Pia discussed what is happening in open data throughout Australia and how it will help government agencies in all spheres of government to do our work more efficiently and effectively. She outlined the improvements and roadmap, and how that fits in the broader landscape of opening up government public sector information.

Pia’s slides can be accessed here  

A copy of the mind map is located at

Pia’s blog on her NZ Open Data and Digital Government Adventure -

Pia’s blog on OKFestival 2012: Open Data, Open Gov & Open Science in Helsinki –

Overall reception received was excellent.  The presentations opened up further dialogue and interest among colleagues, particularly on the use of creative commons and open data and how that benefit government operations.

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