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About Public Record Office Victoria
Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) is the archive of State and Local Governments in Victoria. We hold over 100 km of digital and physical records from 1836 to the present day. Many records are accessible to the public either online or for viewing in our Reading Rooms. PROV also sets mandatory recordkeeping standards for state and local government agencies and provides advice on recordkeeping to government.
Celebrating 50 years
The 17th of April 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Public Records Act 1973 and establishment of Public Record Office Victoria as the State Archives.
Look history in the eye
In this award-winning podcast series by Public Record Office Victoria we interview the people who delve into public archives and uncover interesting truths about Melbourne and Victoria's past. Hear about the amazing monuments that were never built, Victoria's queer history, Pentridge Prison escapes, how Melbourne went from deadtown to musictown and more!
Moorabbin Hospital records 1948-2011
Records recently added to our collection include more than one hundred records from Moorabbin Hospital transferred to us from Monash Health including Annual Reports, newsletters and photographs among other fascinating records dating back to 1948.
Researching teacher and author Olga Ernst
"While I accepted the anecdotes relayed to me as truth, I was aware that bias, time, memory and even retellings may change any narrative or family story..." On our blog, Robyn Floyd discusses the value of PROV's primary sources to confirm first person memory and flesh out details such as dates, locations and perspectives. Anyone with a teacher in their family tree will find this article particularly enlightening.
Delve into the archives
Stay up to date with the latest records and interesting stories uncovered from the collection. This blog will offer you a snapshot into the world of historical research featuring the extraordinary tales of Victorian people captured within Victorian Government archives.
Personal information is at risk when agencies do not have an effective disposal program in place and continue to hold public records for longer than the required minimum legal retention period. See our advice for managing personal information in records.
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Upcoming closures: Wednesday 1 November, Wednesday 27 December and Thursday 28 December 2023.