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We encourage the sharing and reuse of our collection information via our Application Programming Interface (API). An API is the way a website or application makes its data available to the rest of the world. The PROV API can be used by developers to build a new webservice or app that uses PROV data; or by researchers who would prefer to download raw data rather than trawling through thousands of search results.

Trial our API using the query form below. The form allows you to easily generate searches and see the results on screen, providing you with access to the raw data that drives the search behind our collection. You are free to use this API for non-commercial purposes under a CC-BY-NC licence. Please direct any questions you have regarding using this form to

We look forward to viewing your creations!

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

PROV collection API query builder form

Output options
Here you can select from various options about how you want your query results returned
Results of your query are displayed here. The Query URL link contains your query as a hyperlink. The frame shows the result of executing your query.

Query URL: (click the Search button to generate the URL)