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Koorie Records Unit Newsletter

APRIL 2014 - NUMBER 13

The Koorie Records Unit Newsletter is published biannually by the Koorie Records Unit at Public Record Office Victoria (PROV).


The Koorie Records Unit promotes awareness about Victorian Aboriginal records held by Public Record Office Victoria and the National Archives of Australia and aims to improve the accessibility of these records to the wider Aboriginal community.

 

    IN THIS ISSUE:

  • walata tyamateetj – new guide to Aboriginal records now available 
  • Aboriginal Records Showcase – Victorian Archives Centre
  • Dig the Archives: Open Day
  • Aboriginal records currently on display at Old Treasury Building
  • Provenance: The Journal of Public Record Office Victoria
  • PROV Calendar of Events

walata tyamateetj – new guide to Aboriginal records now available 

Pick up your copy of walata tyamateetj today.

    walata tyamateetj is a brand new guide to government records about Aboriginal people in Victoria.
     
    Produced by Public Record Office Victoria with the National Archives of Australia, the guide highlights the wide range of records available in our collections for Aboriginal Victorians researching their family history and country, as well as researchers in the history of Aboriginal affairs in Victoria.
     
    walata tyamateetj, meaning to ‘carry knowledge’ in the Gunditjmara language of western Victoria, is an invaluable starting place to connect with Victoria’s Aboriginal history, people, places and the collections.
     
    The publication was launched on April 8th by Ian Hamm, Chair of Connecting Home Ltd.
     
    The publication is now available online, through the PROV shop or for free in the Reading Room.

    Aboriginal Records Showcase – Victorian Archives Centre

    A plan drawing of sloyd (woodwork) room for the Lake Tyers school.
    VPRS 795/0, Unit 743, File 1319.
      A special display of Aboriginal records from the collection of Public Record Office Victoria will showcase the variety of material available for Aboriginal history and family research. A highlight of the exhibition will be fascinating records dating for early European settlement in Victoria and the Protectorate period of 1840s and 1850s through to the 20th century. Also on display will be original letters, maps, reports, petitions and images from Victorian Aboriginal missions and reserves including Coranderrk, Framlingham and Lake Tyers.
       
      On display at the Victorian Archives Centre from 17 May to July 2014. Free entry.

      Dig the Archives: Open Day

      Public Transport Photographic Collection.
      VPRS 12903/01, Box 444/09
        Public Record Office Victoria and the National Archives of Australia are proud to announce that on Saturday 17 May we are opening our doors and inviting you to Dig the Archives at the Victorian Archives Centre open day.
         
        There will be a series of informative talks on offer all day from property research with Adam Ford of the ABC’s Who’s Been Sleeping In My House? to true crime with author and journalist Russell Robinson and caring for your collection with a professional conservator.
         
        You will also have the opportunity to get a behind the scenes tour where you will discover the Treasures of the Archives. There will also be a guided tour through a special display of Aboriginal records from the Public Record Office Victoria collection.
         
        You'll leave the tour with an understanding of the wide range of records available for Aboriginal Victorian's researching their family and country as well as researchers interested in the history of Aboriginal affairs in Victoria.
         
        Entry is free but bookings are essential so get in quick to avoid disappointment!

        Aboriginal records currently on display at Old Treasury Building

        PROV, VPRS 4399/P0, Unit 1, Appendix 2 to the Chief Protector’s General Report of the Department of Aborigines, Port Phillip 1848
          Records from Public Record Office Victoria’s collection currently on display as part of the Victorian Archival Treasures exhibit at the Old Treasury Building
          • Correspondence from 1880 relating to plans to close Coranderrk Aboriginal Station and relocate the residents to other reserves;
          • A letter from Anne Fraser Bon shows her support for the Aborigines at Coranderrk amidst pressure to close the station;
          • Building plans of Lake Tyers Aboriginal Reserve from 1923;
          • 1841 list of common English words and translations into eleven Aboriginal languages of south-eastern Australia, including some from the Port Phillip District; and
          • Part of a list of Aboriginal people living close to Melbourne in March 1839. The list was compiled by Assistant Protector Edward Stone Parker, who travelled the Loddon District in early 1839 collecting information about the local Aboriginal population.

          Provenance: The Journal of Public Record Office Victoria

          Provenance is a free online research journal, published annually by PROV. Provenance publishes interesting, through provoking and entertaining articles that paint a portrait of the range of interest that can be researched using PROV’s rich collection. 

          Provenance invites contributions and articles on any subject. To be eligible for publication, articles must have been researched using original records held by PROV or research that promotes a better understanding of the PROV collection.

          The annual deadline for article submissions is Monday 5th May.

          To find out more about submitting an article to Provenance or to subscribe to receive email notifications about the journal, please contact the editor:

          provenance@prov.vic.gov.au
          (03) 9348 5600

          PROV Calendar of Events

          April - May 2014

          Easter Closure:
          The Victorian Archives Centre will be closed from Friday 18th April and will reopen Tuesday 22nd. The Centre will also be closed Friday 25th April.
           
          Wed 23 April
          Journey Through the Archives
           
          Sat 26 April
          PROV Saturday opening
          Journey Through the Archives
           
          Mon 28 April
          Volunteer at PROV Info Session
           
          Wed 30 April
          Journey Through the Archives

          Fri 2 May
          Tour of the Archives
          Intro to PROV online catalogue
           
          Sat 10 May
          PROV Saturday opening
           
          Wed 15 May
          Tour of the Archives
          Researching Education Records
           
          Fri 16 May
          Journey Through the Archives
           
          Sat 17 May
          Dig the Archives Open Day
           
          Sat 31 May
          PROV Saturday opening
           
           
          Visit our events calendar here to see a full list of Public Record Office Victoria's events and programs.

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