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
Photograph of signwriting on a shopfront

North Melbourne ghost signs: cultural archaeology in haunted Hotham

Brace yourself to rendezvous with the Sartorial Sultan of Errol Street; gawk at the ludicrous matrimony of milk & cigarettes - the true breakfast of champions; and unravel the cryptic enigma of a “cultural archaeologist”. For Melbourne Rare Book Week 2024 we're hosting a talk by Sean Reynolds, the madcap maestro behind the cult-hit Instagram phenomenon Melbourne Ghost Signs.
25 Jul 18:00 PM - 25 Jul 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
Black and white photograph taken from a video work

Tahlia Palmer: occupation studies

Now showing at the Victorian Archives Centre is our first Creative in Residence exhibition. Utilising archival footage, field recordings and AI-generated imagery, Tahlia Palmer has created a series of hypnotic video pieces which invite us to reflect on our own relationship with history and challenge us to take steps towards change.
20 Jun 09:00 AM - 13 Jul 16:30 PM
Black and white photograph of a man's face

Solving a 95-year-old mystery: The identification of Sandy Point Man

How can family history research help the police solve cold cases? In 2017, a 95-year-old near complete human skeleton was discovered near Wilsons Promontory. His identity was a complete mystery. Hear from the experts at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine who cracked the case.
27 Jun 14:00 PM - 27 Jun 15:00 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