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Tag Archives: Records

New online index: Body Cards 1959-1985

What are ‘Body Cards’? This series, named ‘Body Cards’ after the cardboard files contained within, include records of deaths reported to the Melbourne Coroner’s Court between 1959 and 1985.  Deaths reported to the Melbourne Coroner’s Court included unexpected, unnatural, or violent deaths, deaths in care or custody, and when the identity of the person was […]

New archives to the collection: applications for ‘sustenance’ during the Depression

New records transferred to our collection provide a glimpse into the lives of Dandenong and surrounding residents during The Depression. There are three different series, consisting of applications for sustenance administered by the shires of Cranbourne, Berwick and Dandenong in pursuance of the provisions of the Unemployment Relief (Administration) Act 1932. The files contain Applications for […]

Working on the fly? Know your risks

Saving important work notes and photos on your phone may be convenient, but there are risks. Here Alan Kong, Government Services’ Manager of Standards and Policy, explores the new record-keeping superpower – the mobile device. A matter of convenience We all know what it’s like to start drawing a complex diagram on the company white board, […]

New archives transfer: historic mine and infrastructure plans

More than sixty years of mining and infrastructure plans have been transferred to our archives. These records are now on open access and located at the Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne.   This series is a collection of physical plans and drawings from mines and infrastructure projects undertaken by the Mines Department and its successors […]

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 […]

A new system of government inquiry: what impact on record keeping?

Introduced in September this year, the Inquiries Act 2014 formally establishes three tiers of government inquiry in Victoria. The Act carries new implications for records received and created by inquiries, including a change in the agency responsible for dealing with Cabinet records. Perhaps though, what is most interesting about the regime is that it permits […]

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 […]

Recordkeeping and the Public Records Act

Often there appears to be confusion about the drivers for keeping records and the role of the Public Records Act (PRAct). A good example of this confusion can be seen in the often repeated statement; “The Public Records Act makes public servants keep records.” Actually, the need for public servants to keep records is not […]

Is that a British, Foreign or New Zealand Shipping List?

The original recordkeeping system that was the unassisted shipping lists 1852-1923 revealed.    If you’ve ever used our unassisted inward shipping lists, or used the online index to them, you might have wondered why the lists are arranged into sequences from British, Foreign or New Zealand ports.   It has always been at the back of […]

Chinese Language Records

Local community groups visited the Ballarat Archives Centre yesterday to take a look at the new PROV Wiki page on Chinese Language Records. The records on the Wiki page highlight the involvement of the Chinese speaking communities in the commercial and civic life of colonial Victoria. Some of the more surprising finds include a list […]