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August 2014

Public Record Office Despatch

August is Family History Month!

Why not celebrate with a visit to the archives?

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August is National Family History Month and there are a few special events worth taking part in. Kick off your research with a free training session on the best archives to explore in building your family tree, take a free “behind the scenes” tour of the archives and join hundreds of others at Family History Feast day at the State Library.

Tours and Events

You're invited to join us for tours and events

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Researching Your Family History
Free training workshop

Date: Tuesday 19 August, 1pm-2pm
Cost: Free entry
Venue: Victorian Archives Centre, 99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne

Just starting your family history research and trying to find as much information as you can about your ancestors? This session is designed to explore a vast array of areas, from shipping records to Wills and Probate documents, it will get you thinking about those first steps to unlocking the archives.


Tour of the Archives

Date: Tuesday 19 August, 11am-12pm
Cost: Free entry
Venue: Victorian Archives Centre, 99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne

Free every month a behind-the-scenes tour the Archives. We’ll explore the volunteer work labs, the hidden repository of antique books,and even take a look at La Trobe’s correspondence files – afterwards enjoy a coffee and cake at the Café 99. Remember these sessions are popular and spaces are limited so book now!

Family History Feast

Monday 25 August 2014

Image courtesy SLV: Family group on a verandah, c 1912; photo by Mark James Daniel
Our friends at the State Library of Victoria are also getting into the spirit of Family History Month. On 25 August they will be hosting the very popular Family History Feast. A day of free information sessions designed to show how people from a diversity of backgrounds can find important links to their family history. Check out the State Library of Victoria website for further information and bookings.
Family History Feast
Monday 25 August, 10am-4pm
Free entry
Village Roadshow Theatre

For a full program of events visit:

Archives in the spotlight!

World War I: Documents from first Allied shot fired reveal missing cigar mystery

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To mark the Centenary of World War One the ABC Online ran this great story about the first shot fired of WWI and the mystery of the missing cigars…

Click here to read the full story.

Make sure you head over to our Flickr page via the button below to view the National Archives of Australia records featured in the story as well as some brilliant photos from the PROV collection!


Fashion Friday!

We explore fashion through the ages

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Every Friday is Fashion Friday at Public Record Office Victoria.

We look at Victoria’s sartorial style through the ages and share a new historic image from our collection each week. If you love fashion or photography then follow our photo streams on facebook, what are you waiting for?

Click the button below to visit our facebook page.

Local History Grants Program opening soon

Fascinated by Victorian history? Why not apply for a Local History Grant?

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From Monday 1 September, Public Record Office Victoria will be accepting entries for the 2014-2015 Local History Grants Program.

Public Record Office Victoria has $350,000 in funding to distribute in small grants to communities across Victoria for projects that preserve, share and publish Victoria's history.

If you’re wondering what it takes to win a Local History Grant take a look at this profile of two previous grant recipients The Bayside Library Service and the Stonnington History Centre. 


Finding Your Mob

Researching Aboriginal family history at the Victorian Archives Centre

Our Koorie Records Unit has produced a booklet for Aboriginal people researching their Victorian family history titled Finding Your Mob.  This great booklet describes the types of records held in the collections of both Public Record Office Victoria and the National Archives of Australia.  It offers advice about how to get started with family history research and explains the Koorie Reference Service available to Aboriginal people. 
Download a copy of Finding Your Mob here

If you’re interested in receiving a physical  copy please contact the Koorie Records Unit:

Upcoming Events

August - September 2014

9 Aug
Victorian Archives Centre – Saturday opening

12 Aug
Volunteering at Public Record Office Victoria

19 Aug
Tour of the Archives

Family History Research
Free training workshop

25 Aug
Family History Feast
30 Aug
Victorian Archives Centre – Saturday opening


13 Sep
Victorian Archives Centre – Saturday opening
25 Sep
Tour of the Archives

27 Sep
Victorian Archives Centre – Saturday opening

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