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Tag Archives: archives

Newly opened Section 9 files reveal: The Yarra River Baby

21 December 1934 at approximately 9.30pm, Footscray labourer William Henwood watched as a young woman walked with her baby and suitcase towards Richmond Suspension Bridge on the bank of the Yarra River. Half an hour later she walked past him again in the opposite direction, this time the baby wasn’t with her. In March the […]

Section 9 files now open for viewing

  Accessing new files this new year Section 9 of the Public Records Act 1973 allows for the closure of “personal or private” records. This prevents the violation of personal privacy and covers such material as personnel records, medical records, police and prison records and case records concerning students, welfare recipients, children in government care […]

What to archive? What not to archive? Share your views

We invite you to review and comment on the proposed Appraisal Statement for Public Records required as State Archives. This is your opportunity to tell us whether this statement will ensure that we collect and preserve the records which are important and valuable to Victorian people and communities, well into the future. This is in […]

International Council on Archives Congress in Brisbane, this August

We’re starting to countdown for a huge archival get together at the International Council on Archives (ICA) Congress in August 2012 and we want you to get on board. This is your opportunity to rub shoulders with the world’s top archivists and listen to keynote speakers who will fill your mind with extreme knowledge of […]

Why ICT Projects Fail

In November 2011 the Ombudsman (withVAGO) published a Report entitled “Own motion investigation into ICT-enabled projects[1]”  In summary five headline themes were identified that cause or significantly contribute to ICT project failure:  These were project: leadership, accountability and governance planning funding probity and procurement management. The Ombudsman’s  Report provides agencies with one set of key […]

A million here and a billion there – recordkeeping in the digital age

Everett Dirksen (if you are asking who, check out the ever useful Wikipedia[1]) might have said “A million here, a billion there and pretty soon your talking real records.”   You might want to look at a new book by James Gleick – The Flood. The flood of information humanity is now exposed to, presents […]

Structured Data – What portion of the data within a structured data source should be preserved?

One of the major work activities for the VERS program is focused on Structured Data.  Two PROV staff members; Andrew Waugh and David Fowler have undertaken some initial thinking, which is documented (in part) below. For PROV the long term goal of the Structured Data work program is to prepare standards, specifications, and guidelines on […]

Ned Kelly, His Head and Me

Senior Collections Advisor Charlie Farrugia writes about the most infamous character in our collection, and his role in the forthcoming SBS documentary Ned’s Head. This Sunday 4 December SBS will show a documentary titled Ned’s Head, which documents a team of forensic scientists at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine as they seek to identify […]

Archives: An Alladin’s cave of treasures and secrets

Hanifa Deen explored the wonderful world of archives and found an Alladin’s cave of treasures and secrets for her new book Ali Abdul v The King: Muslim Stories from the Dark Days of White Australia. Once upon a time ‘research’ was a word that intimidated the uninitiated because it was confined to universities, lecture halls […]

Correspondence file sheds new light on Victorian Inwards Passenger Lists

Access Services Officer Christine O’Donnell recently uncovered a correspondence file that could provide new leads for those hard-to-trace ancestors. Many researchers are unable to find evidence of their ancestors’ passage to Victoria as there are gaps in the Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) holdings of  Inwards Passenger Lists. VPRS 115 Inwards Correspondence [Immigration Branch] 1849-1852 […]

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