Author: Public Record Office Victoria

The 2017 edition of Provenance is now available online.

Provenance is a free journal published online by Public Record Office Victoria. The new edition features nine articles that shed light on Victoria’s unique history – with state archives as a key resource:

  • Dr Eric J Frazer tells the story of Mary Winifred Dean, a young teacher murdered in Elwood in 1930. He stumbled upon her story while researching the history of his home – which just happens to be located in the same street as Mary’s murder.
  • Andrew May, Nicholas Coyne and Nicole Davis from the University of Melbourne, look at City of Melbourne correspondence during WWI.
  • A Professor from the University of Malta, Yosanne Vella, describes her search for Maltese trouble makers and criminals in Australia.
  • Susan Walter reviews scientific and historical information about Victorian bluestone, which has relevance to researching histories of places, building stones and land use.
  • Former Librarian and recipient of SLV’s AGL Shaw Summer Scholarship, Lisa Hay, writes about the 15 year search for shepherd Thomas Brookhouse who disappeared from Colac in 1854.  
  • Miranda Francis, a history PhD student at La Trobe University, details her research into the Footscray High School Crèche (1976-1986) utilising both oral and archival sources.
  • Richard Turner, another PhD student from La Trobe University, tells the story of the battle for land at Bears Lagoon, northwest of Bendigo.
  • Geoffrey Robinson, Senior Lecturer in Politics at Deakin University, writes about the longest railways strike in Victorian history.
  • University of Melbourne Gyles Turner Prize Winner, Tiernan Morrison, highlights the importance of everyday forms of Aboriginal political resistance that can be found in the archives.

We’re now taking submissions for the 2018 edition, the deadline for articles is Monday 17 July 2017. To be eligible for publication, articles must have been researched using original records held by Public Record Office Victoria or contain research that promotes a better understanding of the collection. You can have your work peer-reviewed or submit a general article based on your archival research and it will be considered for publication. 

Read the new edition online now.