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Tag Archives: Melbourne

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 […]

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 […]

A Squizzy with Barry Dickins

Playwright, artist and poet Barry Dickins’ will recount his stories of the notorious 1920s Fitzroy gangster Squizzy Taylor at Old Treasury Building on Sunday 7 August. Squizzy gained notoriety in 1920s Melbourne for race fixing, standover tactics and bootlegging, and for his flashy style of dress. He was linked to several high-profile murders. It was […]

Fitzroy Rate Records 1958-1973

Do you live in Fitzroy and want to know more about the property you live in? Because now you can carry out your own research more easily by searching digital versions of the Fitzroy Rate Records 1958-1973. The records include information about the owner and occupier of a property, a brief description of the dwelling […]

The case against universal suffrage

Deep in the Victorian Archives Centre repository in North Melbourne is an enormous 1891 petition of some 30,000 signatures for universal suffrage. Informally known as the Monster Petition, its size makes it our most famous suffrage petition but as Collection Adviser Charlie Farrugia writes, there were cases for and against universal suffrage. VPRS 3253 Legislative […]

Knox Historical Society digitises, indexes school photo collections

In the 1980s Knox Historical Society began seeking out copies of photo collections held by local primary schools, secondary schools and kindergartens. The area was changing rapidly and preserving the community history that it encapsulated became a priority for the local history collection. Many schools were celebrating centenaries around this time, creating a high demand […]

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