What do I need to know?
You can begin your search with as broad or specific aim as you like.
How do I search?
Follow the prompts that the Australian Women’s Archive Project online resource gives you to search our collection for records relating to women.
You may wish to explore further possible record series to identify if they also have records relating to women or issues of interest to you.
About these records
We do not collect private papers or records of non-Government agencies. However, information on individual women and women’s groups and organisations can be found within many of the record series we hold.
The Australian Women’s Archive Project has put together a resource to help find records in our collection that relate to women and women’s issues. This is only an introduction to finding some of the many records we have that relate to Victorian women. You can visit this online tool by following this link, First Ladies.
Once you have browsed the First Ladies website, continue your search for women in the archives by searching our collection. Some potential agencies that may have records of interest to you are listed below.
Conciliation and Arbitration Boards (VA 1010 - known as Wages Boards between 1896-1981)
- Social Development Committee 1982-92 (VA 3126)
- Legal and Constitutional Committee 1982-92 (VA 3141)
- Family and Community Development Committee (previously known as the Community Development Committee 1992-96) 1992-continuing (VA 3128)
What are in these records?
Within the First Ladies: Finding Women in Public Record Office Victoria website, you will see aids to finding resources relating to topics including:
- Women and children
- Aboriginal women and children
- Equal pay
- Suffrage and citizenship rights
- Sexuality and reproductive rights
- Migrant women
There are also links to published material and the Australian Women’s Archive Project online register.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples should be aware the collection and website may contain images, voices and names of deceased persons.
Material in the Public Record Office Victoria archival collection contains words and descriptions that reflect attitudes and government policies at different times which may be insensitive and upsetting.
PROV provides advice to researchers wishing to access, publish or re-use records about Aboriginal Peoples.