May 2016

Last week for 2016 Hamer Awards nominations

Submissions close on Friday 20 May

Have you recently completed an innovative information and records management project that you're particularly proud of?

Any Victorian Government agency is welcome to submit nominations for outstanding innovative information and records management projects undertaken during 2014 and 2015. Previous winners have ranged from large-scale digitisation projects to new and different recordkeeping systems and paperless practices.

The awards will be announced by the Keeper of the Public Records, Justine Heazlewood, at a special evening ceremony on Friday 24 June at Parliament House. 

More information here.

Records Management Network May 2016

Highlights from the recent RMN

Friday 6 May saw PROV host the latest installment of the Records Management Network (RMN). It featured presentations from across Victorian Government and the private sector, focusing on records management innovations and improvements, predominately in the digital sphere.

There were presentations from City of Casey, Monash Health, Iron Mountain, TAC and VAGO.
Please click here to read a review of the five presentations.

State Records NSW lends a helping hand

New PROV RDA for legacy records

PROV has issued two retention and disposal authorities (RDAs), with the assistance of State Records Authority of New South Wales. State Records NSW granted permission for us to adopt two of their existing disposal authorities, and in the process the two bodies set a precedent with the arrangement. Read more here.

The RDAs, which were published late in 2015, are for legacy gas and electricity agency records (PROS 15/07 and PROS 15/08), and are available on our RDA page here.

Thanks to our counterparts north of the Murray!

Increasing the accessibility of PROV's collection

Our records are now searchable through NLA Trove website

    PROV is pleased to announce that you can now search for our collection through the National Library of Australia's Trove website. Bringing together content from libraries, museums and archives, Trove has over 475 million Australian and online resources available to the public.

    In Trove's 'Archives, Letter, Diaries' zone you can currently find 15,313 of our records by searching for nuc:VPRO.

    Find out more about accessing the collection through Trove here.

    Marketing a memoir

    Hazel Edwards shares 13 helpful tips for family historians

    Family historians have special challenges. How should they shape their stories? And how can they share them? If you're interested in sharing your family history, celebrated author Hazel Edwards' upcoming free workshop will show you how to write the kind of memoir that others will want to read. 'How to Write a Non-boring Memoir' will be held at the Victorian Archive Centre on Friday 24 June and places are limited, so make sure you register early.

    Ahead of her workshop, Hazel has given us a sneak preview of her 13 best tips for what to do once your memoir is published. Find practical advice for publicising your book here.

    Government Services Favourite Records

    Senior Officer Standards and Policy, Carly Godden shares...


    "This booklet is from the State Bank of Victoria collection, which was bought by the Commonwealth Bank in 1990. In the 1920s the State Bank became a major lender for housing and the largest home builder in Victoria. Ordinary Victorians could select a 'bank home' from books like these to construct a quality and affordable home. These Californian bungalow houses, my favourite style of architecture in Melbourne, are dotted throughout suburbs like Balwyn and Vermont."

    VPRS 8933/P0437, Unit 2

    Upcoming Events

    What's coming up this month?

    Monday to Friday, 10am-4.30pm
    Victorian Archives Centre
    National Archives of Australia Exhibit

    A Place to Call Home?

    Saturday 14 May, 10am-4.30pm
    Victorian Archives Centre
    Saturday Opening

    Sunday 15 May, 11am
    Old Treasury Building, Spring Street
    Tour - Paintings of Early Melbourne

    Monday 16 May - Sunday 22 May, 2.30pm
    Old Treasury Building, Spring Street
    Tour the Executive Council Chamber

    Saturday 28 May, 10am-4.30pm
    Victorian Archives Centre
    Saturday Opening

    Tuesday 31 May, 11am
    Old Treasury Building, Spring Street
    Free Floor Talk - 'Soldier On' Exhibition

    'Family Life' w/ Rob Edmonds

    Friday 3 June, 6.30pm-8pm
    Victorian Archives Centre
    Free Crime Writing Panel Event

    'Find Your Black Sheep in the Archives'

    Thursday 9 June, 11am-12.15pm
    Victorian Archives Centre
    Volunteering at PROV Info Session

    Thursday 9 June, 11am
    Old Treasury Building, Spring Street
    Tour - Paintings of Early Melbourne

    Saturday 11 June, 10am-4.30pm
    Victorian Archives Centre
    Saturday Opening

    Friday 24 June, 10am-1pm
    Victorian Archives Centre
    Free Workshop 

    'Writing a Non-boring Memoir' w/Hazel Edwards

    Saturday 25 June, 10am-4.30pm
    Victorian Archives Centre
    Saturday Opening

    Please note PROV will be closed for the public holiday on Queen's Birthday, Monday 13 June.

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