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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 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, Pentridge Prison escapes, how Melbourne went from deadtown to musictown and more!
Work with us
Are you a postgrad student looking for sponsorship opportunities? Would you like to join our Public Records Advisory Council? We have a number of vacancies and opportunities available.
Royal Melbourne Hospital records
New records added to the collection in the last month include records from the Royal Melbourne Hospital – making this the second record transfer of Royal Melbourne records to PROV in the last year. We add these to our extensive collection of health and welfare records for researchers to explore.
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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