There are thousands of interesting records within the Victorian government archive (Public Record Office Victoria). If you are new to archival research we suggest starting at the Where To Start page, this will answer the most basic questions. 

Last updated:

September 7, 2021

Where to start

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Starting your research journey

Explore archives by topic

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Search the collection via these simple topic guides

Online collections

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Digitised records


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Online publications to help with your research

Online galleries and exhibitions

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PROV's free online exhibitions

Photographic collections

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Digitised and non-digitised photographic collections

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Government Functions

Discover record collections via the Provisualizer