Last updated:

August 11, 2021

What do I need to know?

Key details of a public building such as:

  • building name
  • location, and
  • type

PROV holds both the 256,000 original plans and a microform copy of the plans. Data about both the original plans and the microform copies is progressively being added to PROV's catalogue, so that the records can be discovered and ordered online. If you are unable to find a plan of a building of interest, contact us.

How do I search?

  1. Most plans are titled by the building name or location
  2. Put quotation marks around the search "Geelong High school" for exact results.

 

How do I order? 

Your search will descriptions of one or more original plans (which you can order and view in the North Melbourne Reading Room) or microform copies of plans (which you can order, and will be digitised and published, so that you can view them online.).

About these records

These records detail construction plans of many buildings, as well as plans of their grounds, electrical work and other services created between 1840 and 1998.

Examples of 'public works' buildings are state schools, prisons, courts, hospitals, and departmental offices. In addition, these series also contain plans such as bridge and road construction, civil surveys and drainage.

Who created these records?

These records were created and managed by the Public Works Department and (amongst many other successor bodies), the Building Services Agency. The group of plans as a whole are often colloquially known by the initials of these agencies: "PWD Plans" or "BSA plans".

Next Steps

View original records in the Reading Room, or view digitised records online.

What are in these records?

Examples of 'public works' buildings are state schools, prisons, courts, hospitals, among many others. In addition, these series also contain plans such as bridge and road construction.

The plans should all contain information such as:

  • plan title
  • building title
  • location
  • measurements