November 2015

Victorian Community History Award winners announced!

A full list of winners and photos from the ceremony now online...

 Justine Heazlewood, DIrector and Keeper of Public Records, presenting Meredith Fletcher with her award. 
A book about the life of one of Australia’s most loved gardeners and writers was announced as the 2015 Victorian Community History Award winner at a ceremony held at the Arts Centre on the 19th of October.  

Jean Galbraith: Writer in a Valley by Gippsland historian Dr Meredith Fletcher was recognised as this year’s most outstanding community history project in Victoria. Jean Galbraith was a respected Gippsland botanist who developed new forms of garden writing in Australia.

Graeme Davison’s new book Lost Relations won the judges special prize for a narrative that takes the reader on a journey to discover his family’s past, while Lucy Sussex’s book about Fergus Hume and his famous Melbourne crime novel ‘Mystery of a Hansom Cab’ took out the 2015 History Publication Award. Suburban Melbourne, Ned Kelly and the ANZACs also featured as subjects amongst the winning entries.

See the full list of winners here.
Have a look through all the photos from the event via Flickr

Soldier On: WW1 Soldier Settler Stories

A new exhibition comes to Old Treasury Building

Soldier On: WW1 Soldier Settler Stories opens at Old Treasury Building next Monday 9 November from 10am. 

Between 1918 and 1934, the Soldier Settlement Scheme helped settle around 11,000 returned soldiers on farming land across the state through government leases. From the exhibition’s original records, as well as first-hand video and photo accounts, discover how the Scheme shaped the Victorian landscape as we know it today. 

Soldier On: WW1 Soldier Settler Stories is an exhibition presented by Old Treasury Building in partnership with Public Record Office Victoria, and is supported by the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund.

Visit for visitor information or discover your WW1 soldier settler ancestors at

New records transfered to PROV

West Gate Bridge construction

A new set of photographic slides presenting images of the West Gate Bridge under construction are now available to view at the Victorian Archives Centre. The collection is amongst a new transfer to PROV from Vic Roads which also includes:
For a taste of some of the West Gate images, check out this article on the ABC Online. 

Apply for a Local History Grant

All applications must now be submitted online

The Local History Grants Program encourages and fosters community activities that preserve, record and share the local, social and community history of Victoria and Victorians.

Applications are now open for the 2015-16 round with applications to be submitted online using our new Grants Online system. 

Make sure to read through the Application Guidelines before you start. 

Apply here...

Book one of our FREE touring exhibitions 

We have a range of exhibitions available for loan

    We have a range of touring exhibitions free to loan by historical societies, libraries and organisations around the state. Our exhibitions include:

    We Saw the Queen
    This touring exhibition draws on the records of the 1954 Royal visit which was the first to Australia by a reigning monarch. The visit was an event of massive proportions, the likes of which we have not seen since. 

    Victorian On Record
    Victoria on Record provides a snapshot into the workings of the Victorian Government and sheds light on who are we; what we collect; why we collect it; and who we collect for.

    Footprints: The Journey of Lucy and Percy Pepper traces the lives of an Aboriginal family in the first half of the twentieth century. Their story is a remarkable parable about the strength of family in the face of adversity.

    Book now for 2016!

    Frequently Asked Question:

    What's the size of PROV's collection?


    Choose your measure: 
    • 102,088 shelf metres (laid out they'd stretch from Melbourne to Ballarat)
    • 17 million items
    • 12,000 suare metres
    • About two-thirds the size of the MCG!
    Join us on one of our archive tours to get a true sense of the size of our collection. Upcoming tours are listed below...

    Upcoming Events

    What's coming up this month?

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

    Sunday to Friday 10am-4pm
    Free exhibition: 'Soldier On: WW1 Soldier Settler Stories' open from 10am 9 Nov
    Old Treasury Building
    Melbourne, Spring Street

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    Tuesday 3 November 
    Victorian Archives Centre
    Closed for Melbourne Cup Public Holiday

    Saturday 14 November 10am-4.30pm
    Victorian Archives Centre Reading Room
    North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
    Open Saturday

    Saturday 28 November 10am-4.30pm
    Victorian Archives Centre Reading Room
    North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
    Open Saturday

    Monday 30 November 11am-12pm
    Archives Tour, Victorian Archives Centre
    North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street

    Book now for this FREE tour!


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