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Tag Archives: Melbourne

‘A’ is for Animals at the Melbourne Zoo

In this month’s archival snapshot, PROV’s Graham Herschell delves into the records of the Melbourne Zoological Gardens: Carnage at the Zoo: Jerboa savaged by Short Haired Flying Squirrel So might go the headline among the inhabitants of the Melbourne Zoological Gardens in November 1899. The poor Jerboa, a tiny jumping rodent, wasn’t the only zoo […]

PROV volunteers win Melbourne Award!

Our Public Record Office Victoria volunteers are the proud recipients of the 2014 Melbourne Award for Contribution to Community by a Corporation. The City of Melbourne’s ‘Melbourne Awards’ were held on Saturday 15 November. Volunteer Program Coordinators Jack Martin and Leigh Kinrade attended the gala event and were thrilled to accept the award on behalf […]

PROV volunteers nominated for Melbourne Award

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 […]

Celebrating the Arts Centre’s 30th anniversary

To celebrate the Arts Centre’s 30th anniversary we dug through our archives and came up with some gems from the last 30+ years. From original seating and lighting plans, articles announcing the opening and clippings from the first set of performances, there’s a treasure trove of history to be found – including an article on […]

Entertaining for decades: The Dux Picture Theatre, Albert Park and The Block

The Block is one of Australia’s more popular television shows and this season, work has commenced on an historic property in Albert Park in Melbourne. In amongst the hype of reality television, where the contestants are being bombarded with colour swatches, door knobs and light fittings is the maiden in the story, the former Dux […]

Moomba: The Gas and Fuel Corporation in the Moomba Parades

The 2014 Moomba parade marks the 60th anniversary of this Melbourne event.  Over the years, many entertainers including glamorous floats have provided children, young and old, with memories of this special event. We have shared with you below The Corporation’s floats which won a variety of awards and commendations.  The Gas and Fuel Corporation was […]

Burning land: Victoria and bushfires

Parched land, plumes of smoke and burning embers. All of these phrases have been in the headlines in the last few weeks since the devastating fires raged to the north of Melbourne, fires which are still smouldering. These fires are not the first to cause devastation across the state as Victoria has a long history […]

Australia’s Pleasure Land: Luna Park and other amusements at St Kilda

The 13th of December marks 100 years since the opening of Luna Park in St Kilda. In seeking to find records in our collection about this Victorian icon, I also located information about the range of amusements that were on offer well into the 1960s. I started my search by consulting the detailed survey plans […]

Locating Our 1956 Olympic Games Legacy at PROV

Most of us are by now aware of the new facilities that have been erected in London for the 2012 Olympic Games, especially the urban renewal site that is now a park housing the main stadium, swimming pool and other facilities.  It appears the new facilities will join a number of similar and iconic specially […]

The progress of the Port of Melbourne

The series VPRS 8360 contains a slide display of many images on the progress of Port of Melbourne in the second half of the 19th and in the early 20th century. With the rapid growth of Melbourne and the poor state of the port, merchants pushed to develop a better port where ships could dock […]

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