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Get to know our volunteers

We are lucky at Public Record Office Victoria to work with an amazing team of volunteers. Our volunteers work closely with historic records from our collection. Our volunteers are currently working on approximately 10 projects, focusing on areas of the collection such as inquest depositions, land selection documents and public works plans. All our projects have the aim of preserving […]

Family life on Victorian soldier settlement blocks

The Victorian Soldier Settlement Scheme was heralded as a new beginning. Servicemen and women returning from fighting in World War 1 were offered blocks of farm land to help rebuild their lives. The Soldier On: WW1 Soldier Settler Stories exhibition, now showing at Old Treasury Building, uncovers the fascinating stories of these soldier settlers. Here […]

Soldier On: WW1 Soldier Settler Stories now open

A new exhibition about the Victorian soldier settler experience is now showing at Old Treasury Building. Soldier On: WW1 Soldier Settler Stories features records from the state archives of Public Record Office Victoria revealing previously untold stories of the Victorian soldier settler experience. Between 1918 and 1934 the Soldier Settlement Scheme helped settle some 11,000 […]

Victorian history projects honoured at the 2015 Victorian Community History Awards

A book about the life of one of Australia’s most loved gardeners and writers has been announced as the 2015 Victorian Community History Award winner at a ceremony held at the Arts Centre earlier today.   Jean Galbraith: Writer in a Valley by Gippsland historian Dr Meredith Fletcher was recognised as this year’s most outstanding […]

A new exhibition is coming to Old Treasury Building

After a successful eight months of nostalgia at the Old Treasury Building, School Days: Education in Victoria is set to close in October, making way for a new exhibition from 9 November.  Soldier On:  WW1 Soldier Settler Stories features records straight from our archives, revealing previously untold stories of the Victorian soldier settler experience. The exhibition will take […]

Newly indexed “Deeds of Composition” shed light on financial dealings in Melbourne 1871-98

Melbourne ‘Deeds of Composition’ are now searchable by name, location, occupation and year thanks to the hard work of our volunteers. What are ‘Deeds of Composition’? A ‘Deed of Composition’ is the record of arrangements between insolvent debtors and their creditors in which they agree to settle for a percentage of the amounts owed. This […]

What is ‘Moveable Heritage’?

Not for sale! Limits on the international trade of records in Australia Most people in the heritage and archives community understand that Victorian public records are protected from being illegally sold or removed, damaged or destroyed. Unlike a library you cannot simply borrow a public record from our North Melbourne, nor any other, Reading Room! […]

Planning for the worst

Imagine how you’d feel on a Monday morning to go into work and head down to the basement (which is where your records are stored) and it’s turned into a cross between a swimming pool and an open sewer, or, if one night you receive a phone call explaining your office was gutted by fire; including […]

All sewn up at Walhalla School 957

The town of Walhalla Walhalla is a picturesque mountain town nestled into the Baw Baw Ranges of the Gippsland District. Walhalla was the centre of one of the great goldfields of Victoria when it was founded as a gold-mining community in 1862. It was home to 4,000 people and produced some 55 tonnes of gold. […]

History Students Dig the Archives for Soldier Stories

The Battle-To-Farm Project Public Record Office Victoria is currently digitising around 10,000 Soldier Settlement Records for the centenary commemoration of World War One. The entire collection of individual soldier settlement records helps to explain the highs and lows of the farming experience undertaken by many returned Victorian soldiers; most of the soldiers were offered leased […]

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