Author: Public Record Office Victoria

We are excited to announce that the Ballarat Archives Centre (BAC) is opening again on June 17! 

We have found ourselves a wonderful new location at The Eureka Centre building at 102 Stawell Street, Ballarat Central. The move will see us come together with the Ballarat Libraries' Australiana Research Collection and Ballarat & District Generalogical Society under the same roof, forming a new shared resource and research hub. 

We had previously operated the Ballarat Archives Centre at the State Government Offices in Mair Street, since the early 1980s, which included a reading room and repository. Over the years, the facility had suffered from numerous issues related to the building’s structure with the facility coming to the end of its useful life. 

Important dates and information for Ballarat Archives Centre researchers

In preparation for the move, please be aware that the current site is closed with records unavailable to order until 17 June 2019. Please factor these dates into your upcoming research plans, and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

We expect services to commence at the Eureka Centre on the 17th of June 2019 however on site computers won't be available until July.

Things to note:

  • You must order records by 3pm the previous day to arrive by 10am the next 
  • Access to WIFI is free on-site if you bring your own device to search and order 
  • Computers will not be available to use on-site until mid July 
  • We will be open Monday to Thursday from 10am to 4.30pm

Important dates and information for government agencies storing records at BAC

While our reading room will now be located at the Eureka Centre, our collection of records will be distributed between two sites for storage: The State Library Victoria storage facility at Mt Helen for all open records and the Victorian Archives Centre in North Melbourne for all closedrecords.  

All ordered records will be couriered to the Eureka Centre for pick up Monday to Thursday 10am to 2pm - with closed records now requiring a 48 hour turnaround. (Unless you want to pick-up closed records from North Melbourne, in which case this can be done during normal collection time 10am to 11am daily).

Due to the relocation activities, Ballarat records will be unavailable to order between 21 May and 17 June. If you require a record urgently please email us at recordsissuesoffice@prov.vic.gov.au providing all relevant details relating to your request. 


Further information

Our decision to relocate, process for the selection of the Eureka Centre and further background information can be found here. 

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