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. Visit

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

Monday to Thursday 10am to 4:30pm. Closed public holidays. Please note BAC will be closed from 23 January to 30 January inclusive, re-opening on the 31st of January 2023, more info hereVisit

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
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
Annie Holt and family
Talk

Fierce and romantic: Annie Holt and her Melbourne matrimonial agency

Holt’s Matrimonial Agency provided a matchmaker service to turn-of-the-century Melbourne. It was also the place for a quickie wedding! In this talk, Historian Mélanie Méthot will share the incredible story of fierce and astute businesswoman Annie Holt, who ran one of the most famous marriage agencies in Australia.
31 Jan 18:00 PM - 31 Jan 19:00 PM
writing class
Training

Complete your book in 2023

Author Hazel Edwards is offering her year-long non-fiction masterclass again in 2023, with the aim of participants completing their books by December 2023. The workshop will run in the Victorian Archives Centre conference room on the first Friday of each month.
03 Feb 10:00 AM - 01 Dec 13:00 PM
Black and white photograph of a woman
Talk

Madame Brussels: Reconciling newspaper narratives with archival evidence

Madame Brussels is Melbourne’s best-known ‘flash madam’ from the nineteenth century. She has a cocktail bar and a laneway in the CBD named after her, but who was she? In this talk by award-winning author Barbara Minchinton, she will explore the difference between history from the newspapers and history from the archives.
09 Mar 14:00 PM - 09 Mar 15:00 PM

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.