April 2016

WWI in the archives

Discover the Victorian soldier settlers' stories in the lead up to ANZAC Day

ANZAC Day, originally a commemoration of the landing of Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli on the 25th April 1915, has grown to become perhaps the most important national day in Australia.

In addition to recognising the service and sacrifice of all Australians who have served in war or on peacekeeping operations, ANZAC Day has become core to the identity of Australia itself, a day on which Australians reflect on the Anzac spirit and its place in Australia today.

This ANZAC Day we invite you to rediscover the returned soldier settlers of WWI by exploring our archives.


John Joseph Gervasoni

A profile of one of WWI's returned soldier settlers

John Joseph Gervasoni was a second-generation Italian-Australian who served in the Australian infantry from 1915-1918. After the war, he and his brother Carlo took part in the Victorian soldier settlement scheme, purchasing blocks in Katandra.

John was a popular character, often sharing wine from his vineyard with his fellow soldier settlers. He was the president of the cricket club, and his sons formed one of Victoria’s longest-running family bands The Gervasoni Orchestra.

Discover John's records here...

Researching your historic home with Ancestry.com.au & PROV

FREE EVENT: Friday 6 May 11am, Bookings essential

    Have you always wondered about the history of your home?

    This 1 hour session will assist people interested in researching relevant public records related to the story of their historic home.

    Ancestry.com.au is a great place to start with their digitised rate books from inner city Melbourne. From that point the trainer will demonstrate how to go about further research within property, land and title records.

    Letters to La Trobe (1839-51) now online

    Discover Victoria's early history through these fascinating letters

    Delicate hand written 19th century letters sent to Charles Joseph La Trobe are now available online for the very first time, providing a snapshot into the lives of early Victorians.

    It took 18 passionate volunteers, from both PROV and the La Trobe Society, six years to digitise the 170 year old documents. The letters to La Trobe range from suggestions for the establishment of Melbourne’s streets, gardens and markets to the personal appeals and complaints of citizens.

    Take a look through our interactive gallery or listen to a sample of the letters.

    ‘Letters to La Trobe’ is a Public Record Office Victoria initiative supported by the CJ La Trobe Society with funding from the R E Ross Trust.

    Read more here...

    New to the archives...

    Records of geographic place names

    If you’re the inquisitive type you may have wondered how a place, park or building got its name or even what it means.

    As part of the Land Management, Place Names record series (VPRS) 17888 recently transferred to our archives, you will be able to uncover how and why many Victorian geographic places got their names between 1998 and 2010.


    REMINDER: Provenance submissions close 2 May

    Do you want your research published? Here's your chance!

    Have you been using the archives in your research? Maybe you've found some interesting stories in your family tree, or learned the history of your home or community.

    We're calling for submissions for our 2016 edition of Provenance, our annual journal featuring research into the archival collection held here at Public Record Office Victoria.

    If you'd like to see your research published we want to hear from you!

    The deadline for submissions is 2 May.
    Submit here...


    News from Museums Australia (Victoria)

    Nominations for the 2016 Victorian Museum Awards are now open

    The Victorian Museum Awards recognise outstanding achievements and service in the museum, gallery, and collecting sector.

    This special event celebrates organisations and individuals whose passion and work build a strong Victorian museum and gallery industry.


    Upcoming Events

    What's coming up this month?

    Monday to Friday 10am-4.30pm
    NAA 'National History Challenge' exhibit
    Victorian Archives Centre Foyer
    North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
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    Sunday to Friday 10am-4pm
    'Soldier On: WW1 Soldier Settler Stories'
    Old Treasury Building
    Melbourne, Spring Street


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    Tour of the Archives
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