Last updated:

August 28, 2019

What do I need to know?

Early 20th century photos of the construction of Victoria’s roads and bridges are now available as part of our collection.

The Country Roads Board (now Vic Roads) series of images consists of negatives and digitised photos which capture the construction of roads and bridges, including engineering techniques and materials and machinery utilised to develop road networks. The series also features staff and workers who contributed to the improvement of Victoria's roads and documents the implementation of road safety awareness into Victorian society. The photographs in this series were taken by a variety of in-house photographers. The negatives span from 1913 to 1973 while the corresponding digitised photographs are being progressively added over time, starting with the earliest images first.

How do I search?

You can browse through and download the digitised photographs that have been added to our collection as TIFs here. 
They are generally listed by location, sometimes with additional information on the surroundings. Many of the photographs also contain descriptions within them. Note that the images are high resolution, so file sizes are large and may take some time to download.

About these records

This series consists of physical negatives which are black and white and then colour from the 1960s and are in various sizes; and their associated digital images. The negatives were created by the Photographic Services Section of Country Roads Board (VA 722) and its successor agencies

The physical negatives are identified by registration number only and researchers will be required to consult VPRS 17690 Photographic Negative Registers to identify images of interest. The registers (VPRS 17690) provide a brief explanation of the image and give the registration number, which should be used to order records from this series.

Digital images have some descriptive information associated with them and can be identified by either consulting the list of records in that consignment or by conducting a keyword search (for example, searching on a location or name of road). Note that the details recorded against image vary so keyword search may not return all potential images of interest.

Note that the images are high resolution, hence file sizes are large and may take some time to download.

As of February 2017 digitised images are being added progressively to this series and will continue to be for some time.

Who created these records?

1913 - 1983 Country Roads Board VA 722
1983 - 1989 Road Construction Authority VA 1054
1989 - cont Roads Corporation (also known as VicRoads) VA 2982

Next Steps

You can browse through and download the digitised photographs that have been added to our collection as TIFs here. 
They are generally listed by location, sometimes with additional information on the surroundings. Many of the photographs also contain descriptions within them  Note that the images are high resolution, so file sizes are large and may take some time to download.

What are in these records?

This series consists of physical negatives which are black and white and then colour from the 1960s and are in various sizes; and their associated digital images. The negatives were created by the Photographic Services Section of Country Roads Board (VA 722) and its successor agencies

The information recorded for each digital image may include:

  • Title (which may include a location, the name of a road or the type of work being completed)
  • Date (defaulting to 1st Jan if year only recorded)
  • Subject (which may include a location or other reference, such as the name of a road)
  • Caption (where recorded)
  • Negative number
  • Other reference number(s) used by the agency over time