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
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. The next event is 'A history of Malmsbury Bluestone' at Kyneton Library.
24 Jul 17:30 PM - 16 Aug 14:00 PM
Ballarat East circa 1872

Researching your house in Ballarat using public records

Join us at the Eureka Centre for a morning of archival research training, with examples and advice specific to the Ballarat area. Learn tips and tricks for researching your house and gain a better understanding of ‘parish and township plans.’
21 Jun 09:30 AM - 21 Jun 12:00 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

Discovering an archive

In turn of the twentieth-century Melbourne, a pioneering network of women at the Mission to Seafarers called the Ladies Harbour Lights Guild (LHLG) supported sailors who risked their lives at sea. The deeds of this remarkable group of women were almost forgotten until a set of dusty old boxes were discovered under the mission’s theatre. Read the story online in Provenance Journal.

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.