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Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) is the archive of the State Government of Victoria. We hold more than 100 kilometres of original public records. Examples of some of these records can be found within the pages of this book. There are records and stories that may surprise or shock you, records of iconic people and records of great significance to all Victorians of the past, present and future.

Look history in the eye with every flip of the page, and start your own research into the collection today.

You can also listen to our Look history in the eye podcast here.

First published 2019, updated 2020. 

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

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples should be aware the collection and website may contain images, voices and names of deceased persons.

PROV provides advice to researchers wishing to access, publish or re-use records about Aboriginal Peoples