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. 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
Royal Melbourne Hospital

Call-out for Street Photographers

The VAC Gallery is seeking images from contemporary street photographers for a new exhibition called 'Collective City'. We're looking at ways people connect and work together in Victoria's urban and suburban environments.  We're also examining the divisions created by inequity of access to services and public spaces.
07 Feb 09:00 AM - 11 Apr 09:00 AM
Bendigo School of Mines

Bendigo Regional Archives Centre events

BRAC provides a variety of events that showcase the history of the Bendigo region and the breadth of the region's archival collection, from "Making Bendigo's health history public" to "Ratbags, rates and rebels: Finding forebears in the archives."
20 Apr 17:30 PM - 18 May 18:30 PM

City on fire: examining primary sources

Join Sarah and Hermione from the Eureka Centre Education team as they unearth objects from PROV’s Eureka Collection. Get up close to the original, hand-written artifacts as they take you on a journey through October 1854 and analyse the rising tensions on the goldfields. This is a Ballarat Heritage Festival event presented by the Eureka Centre Ballarat in partnership with PROV.
23 May 10:00 AM - 25 May 14:00 PM
Photograph from Spy Exhibition

Spy: espionage in Australia

This exhibition from the National Archives of Australia reveals the personal experiences of secret agents and the curious history of espionage and counter-espionage in Australia. Developed in partnership with ASIO. Now showing at the Victorian Archives Centre.
20 Mar 09:00 AM - 07 Jul 17:00 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.