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Professor EW (Bill) Russell has served as a member of the Public Records Advisory Council. He has had a long association with Public Record Office Victoria, having been an archivist 1968–74, a member of the Task Force on Records Management 1978–80, and Director-General of the Department of Property and Services, of which PROV was a Division, 1985–88. Bill obtained his Diploma of Archive Studies from University College, London, in 1973 and was the first Victorian archivist to hold formal qualifications in archives. His doctorate in history at Monash University, completed in 1980, was based on records in PROV.


This is the second part of a two-part essay on the history of the Victorian State Archives. The first part of the essay, which appeared as Volume 1, Number 1 of Provenance, put into context the fight for archival legislation, as part of the celebration of thirty years of the Victorian Public Records Act.
Original archival research for this article was undertaken by Charlie Farrugia, one of the most experienced archivists currently on staff at PROV, having joined in late 1985. He has worked in most areas of the Office and is currently a Team Leader within Agency Services. In his time at PROV, Charlie has worked in sixteen different PROV locations.


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