Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) has Reading Room locations at North Melbourne, Ballarat, Geelong and Bendigo. 

 

Ballarat

The Ballarat Archives Centre holds a wide variety of records relating to Ballarat and its development such as rate books, divorce records, prison registers and more. You can order these records via the PROV website and then view them in the Ballarat Reading Rooms located on the corner of Doveton and Mair Streets, Ballarat. 

Visit our contact page for information on hours and contacts.

Important news regarding the Ballarat Reading Room

PROV has operated the Ballarat Archives Centre in its current location since the early 1980s. The building includes a Reading Room, a Repository currently holding approximately 1500 linear metres of records, staff work and amenities area. Over the years the facility has suffered numerous water leaks, efflorescence is occurring (and while not harmful to humans it can damage some collection items) and there is a rising damp problem. The Centre is cramped and while risks are managed they cannot be totally resolved as they are all issues related to the building’s structure. For these reasons, the current facility is coming to the end of its useful life. So what are we doing about it? Keep updated here. 

 

Bendigo

The Bendigo Regional Archives Centre (BRAC) holds regional records dating from 1856 through to the 1970s including maps and plans, council correspondence, rate books, court records and more.  BRAC is governed by Public Record Office Victoria in conjunction with the Goldfields Library Corporation and the City of Greater Bendigo. Most of BRAC's records can be ordered through the PROV website, while some need to be ordered directly through BRAC. Visit their website for more information. Records can be viewed in the Bendigo Reading Rooms in the upper level of the Bendigo Library, Hargreaves Street, Bendigo. 

BRAC is part of our Places of Deposit (POD) Network. To learn more about PODs vist our community collections page. 

Visit our contact page for information on hours and contacts.

 

Geelong 

The Geelong Heritage Centre is located in the new Geelong Library and Heritage Centre building on Little Malop Street in Geelong. It is Victoria's largest regional archive and resource centre with a collection of regional newspapers, maps, plans, photographs and more. Visit their website for more information. 

Geelong is part of our Places of Deposit (POD) Network. To learn more about PODs vist our community collections page. 

Visit our contact page for information on hours and contacts.