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.

Visit us

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. Please note VAC will be closed Friday 23 December 2022 to Monday 2 January 2023 (inclusive) and will reopen on Tuesday 3 January. Visit

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

Monday to Thursday 10am to 12:45pm and 1:30pm to 4:15pm. Closed public holidays. Visit

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

Wednesday and Thursday 10am to 4:30pm. Closed public holidays. Please note BRAC will be closed Wednesday 28 December to Thursday 12 January (inclusive) and will reopen on Wednesday 18 January 2023. Visit

Geelong Library and Heritage Centre
51 Little Malop Street, Geelong

Tuesday 9am to 8pm, Wednesday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 1pm. Closed public holidays. Visit

What's On

Events, talks, exhibitions and publications
Art class on rooftop
Exhibition

Tech School

To celebrate 150 years of public education in Victoria, we're shining a spotlight on the institutions that have provided young people with vocational training and hands-on learning since the late 19th century. From bootmaking to cyborg physiology, we delve into the fascinating history of technical education across Melbourne and the regions. Now showing at the Victorian Archives Centre in North Melbourne.
17 Nov 09:00 AM - 01 Mar 17:00 PM
Woman making an umbrella
Exhibition

Lost Jobs

Have you ever heard of a ‘nightman’, a ‘scoop boy’, or a lumper? There are many jobs that were once common in Victoria but have now disappeared completely. The world of work is always changing. Explore the intriguing world of Lost Jobs in this exhibition, now showing at Old Treasury Building in Melbourne’s CBD.
17 Nov 09:00 AM - 31 Dec 17:00 PM
Article

Policing gender nonconformity in Victoria, 1900–1940

Read Adrien McCrory’s award-winning article that explores discourses around gender, sexuality, respectability and criminality. What are we looking for when looking for trans and gender diverse crime history, and what can history tell us about the experiences of trans and gender diverse people in Australia’s criminal justice system today?
bridge over Yarra River
Article

Deleting freeways

Read Sebastian Gurciullo's article exploring community resistance to the F2 freeway proposal that emerged in the wake of the 1969 Melbourne Transportation plan.

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

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.

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