External view of the Victorian Archives Centre
About Us

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.

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Our Locations
Victorian Archives Centre
99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne

Monday to Friday 10am to 4:30pm and every second and last Saturday of the month. Closed public holidays. Visit

Ballarat Archives Centre
Eureka Centre, 102 Stawell St, South Ballarat Central

Monday to Thursday 10am to 4:30pm. Closed public holidays. Visit

Bendigo Regional Archives Centre
1st Floor Bendigo Library, 251-259 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo

Wednesday and Thursday 10am to 4pm. Closed public holidays. Visit

Geelong Library and Heritage Centre
51 Little Malop Street, Geelong

Tuesday to Friday 10am to 4pm. Closed weekends, Mondays and public holidays. Visit

What's On

Events, talks, exhibitions and publications
Two people looking at a mural painting on the wall of a building

Queer-ways: From Archive to Artwork

Queer-ways: From Archive to Artwork, a talk with Queer-ways co-creator LUCIANO, as part of Melbourne Design Week 2024. Fusing archive materials with community consultation and immersive experiences, Queer-ways retraces the queer footprints of communities across Victoria through Augmented Reality maps, interactive murals and self-led audio walking tours.
24 May 18:00 PM - 24 May 19:00 PM
a 1940s ad of a woman with a camera and the word 'kodak'

Belongings: objects of a family life

We’re surrounded by objects, but have you thought about how important these things are in your life, or what they represent? This exhibition at the Old Treasury Building looks at the stories behind some of the objects that have shaped the family in Australia over the decades. It considers how families make and preserve cultural traditions through craft, food, and belief.
03 Jan 10:00 AM - 31 Dec 16:00 PM
handwritten record

‘Wayward’, ‘immoral’ and ‘evil’

In Provenance, Erica Cervini delves into the emotional stories of some of the 'wayward' girls sent to Brookside Reformatory between 1887 and 1903 - research she began more than 20 years ago. She busts the myths and assumptions made about the girls at the time, and shares their fates in and beyond the walls of Brookside.
16 Feb 11:14 AM - 18 Feb 11:14 AM
Royal Melbourne Hospital

Collective City

Featuring contemporary street photography alongside historic images from Victoria's archives, this exhibition explores moments of social connection and disconnection in Melbourne.
12 Apr 09:00 AM - 28 Jun 17:00 PM

Material in the Public Record Office Victoria archival collection contains words and descriptions that reflect attitudes and government policies at different times which may be insensitive and upsetting

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples should be aware the collection and website may contain images, voices and names of deceased persons.

PROV provides advice to researchers wishing to access, publish or re-use records about Aboriginal Peoples