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New to our collection this month and available for researchers to view in our North Melbourne reading room are historic records of Victoria’s ports and harbours, and probate records from 2015-2017. 


Records of ports and harbours

Historic records of Ports Victoria and predecessor agencies including the Melbourne Harbor Trust Commissioners, the Ports and Harbours Branch of the Public Works Department, the Geelong Harbor Trust, and the Port of Melbourne Authority have recently been added to PROV’s collection. These are physical records primarily consisting of maps and plans, and date back to the nineteenth century. 

Learn more about the transfer of this collection, delve into some of the records, and view the full list of items, in this article by Samantha Courtier
 

Plan of St Kilda jetty VPRS 18783 C1 HWJ4085

 

Cross sections of the Yarra and Saltwater Rivers, Hydrographic Survey Plan, VPRS 18781 C1 271862

 

Probate records

Probate records contain documents received or created by the Supreme Court to issue the grant of letters of administration for the distribution of the estate in cases where the deceased left no will or new executors had to be named. A deceased’s estate consists of real estate and/or personal property and debts that need to be managed for finalised. 

Probate records from 2017 have now been added to our collection, as well as various 2015 and 2016 files finalised in 2017, and are available for copy requests or to order for viewing in our North Melbourne reading room. 

You can search the collection on our wills and probates topic page