June 2015

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National Reconciliation Week

How we can help you with your research and understanding of Aboriginal records

National Reconciliation Week is celebrated across Australia each year between the 27th of May and the 3rd of June commemorating the anniversaries of the 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision. The week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared history - which is where our Koorie Records Unit comes in.

The Koorie Records Unit (KRU) promotes awareness about Aboriginal records created by governments in Victoria, and develops guides to help us to find and understand Aboriginal records held in the archives.

Read more about the KRU and explore their resources here...

You can also sign up to their quarterly e-newsletter here and view some of our Aboriginal records in this new online Cultural Victoria gallery.

June Events

Keep out of the cold at the Victorian Archives Centre this month!

Sign up for our 18 June tour and training session at the Victorian Archives Centre.

This month's info session is an introduction to our online catalogue.

Get started on researching our collection, take a look at simple and advanced search methods, search our online indexes, learn the basics of ordering records and find out exactly what you can view online.

Why not make a day of it by signing up to both the tour AND the info session - you can also grab a coffee or have lunch at Cafe 99 and check out our FREE foyer exhibition while you're here!

Archival Snapshot:

The female refuge at Carlton

This showcase looks at a non-denominational institution established in 1857 to care for and reform “fallen women” – the Carlton Female Refuge.

Female refuges, where ‘unchaste’ women were confined in the hope that they could be converted and reformed, had been established throughout the Western world from 1758 with the opening of London’s Magdalen Hospital.

The first such institution in colonial Victoria was Melbourne’s Carlton Refuge. Its original site was on Madeline (now Swanston) Street, but in 1890 the institution moved to Keppell Street, Carlton, where it would operate until its closure in 1949.

Read more...

The legacy of wartime propaganda - Part 1

Go back in time through a selection of WWI propaganda materials from the archive

One hundred years ago, 112,000 Victorians enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force, 89,000 served overseas and 19,000 would tragically lose their lives.

The posters of the last recruiting campaign of 1918 can be found in our collection, in a series from the Town Clerk’s Office of the City of Melbourne (VPRS 3183/P0 Units 132 & 133). Illustrated by renowned Australian artist Norman Lindsay, many of the posters contain violent propaganda images to incite anger against the Germans, who are depicted as monstrous and bloodstained.

This article takes us back in time through a selection of World War I propaganda materials located in the archive.

Read more...

Gideon Haigh's new book launch

Certain Admissions: a beach, a body & a lifetime of secrets

    You saw him speak at our Open Day, now you can finally get your hands on his new book - Certain Admissions.

    Gideon Haigh will launch his book, about convicted murderer John Bryan Kerr, at the Victorian Archives Centre on the 17th of June.

    If you'd like to come along and be one of the first in Australia to read this new true-crime book, featuring records from our archive, register now.

    What: Certain Admissions Book Launch
    When: 6pm, Wednesday 17 June
    Where: Victorian Archives Centre, 99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne.

    Places are limited.

    FREE Training & Other Upcoming Events

    What's coming up this month?

    PLEASE NOTE:
    We are closed on Monday 8 June for the Queens Birthday Public Holiday.


    Monday to Friday 10am-4.30pm
    Free exhibition: 'Transporting Art'
    Victorian Archives Centre Foyer
    North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street


    Saturday 13 June 10am-4.30pm
    Victorian Archives Centre Reading Room
    North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
    Open Saturday


    Thursday 18 June 11-12pm
    Free: Tour of the Archives
    North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street



    Thursday 18 June 1-2pm
    Free: Intro to PROV's online catalogue
    North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street



    Saturday 27 June 10am-4.30pm
    Victorian Archives Centre Reading Room
    North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
    Open Saturday
    Tuesday 9 June 11-12pm
    School Days Floor Talk:
    'Aboriginal Schools' with L. Robertson

    Old Treasury Building
    Melbourne, Spring Street


    Wednesday 10 June 1pm
    School Days Musical Performance:
    Essex Heights Primary

    Old Treasury Building
    Melbourne, Spring Street


    Tuesday 23 June 11-12pm
    School Days Floor Talk:
    'School Life & Curriculum' with G. Keating

    Old Treasury Building
    Melbourne, Spring Street


    Wednesday 24 June 1pm
    School Days Musical Performance:
    Northcote High School Strings

    Old Treasury Building
    Melbourne, Spring Street

    Note: There are no bookings required for the School Days Floor Talks and Musical Performances at Old Treasury Building.

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