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Issue #55
New aquisitions and favourites of the month...

Public Record Office Despatch

Hoddle field books new to PROV collection

Survey field books from 1845 recently acquired by PROV

Detail of VPRS 16685/ P1 Field Books - Black Sequence c1837-c1927 unit 13, Bundle 80, Book 1158. Precise location unknown.
PROV is thrilled to have recently acquired a survey field book by Robert Hoddle titled ‘Mount Macedon to Werribee River, 1845’. Widely regarded as the surveyor who planned Melbourne, Hoddle’s survey field book is one of several thousand records newly transferred to the PROV collection.

Although the primary purpose of the field book was to record technical data in preparation for the drawing of plans, surveyors also recorded information about the country, its early settlement, Indigenous place and feature names, and notes of their day-to-day activities in the field. Akin to a personal journal, field books provide us with aninsight into the life of surveyors working on the edges of European settlement throughout the Port Phillip District and later the Colony and State of Victoria. 

Keep an eye out on our website for further information on this series of survey books early next year.

Christmas cheer to WWI diggers

PROV's December record of the month

Detail of VPRS 8936/P1 State Bank Victoria Archives - Ephemera Collection (Bank Produced Christmas Cards E 313-1to E 313-79, 1917 – 1991
PROV staff often come across some fascinating records in their daily work – some of which make it to ‘Record of the Month’ status. These records are displayed at the Victorian Archives Centre for visitors to view as well as featured in the PROV wiki for comment and discussion.

The December ‘Record of the Month’ is appropriately, for this time of year, a Christmas card. The card was produced by the State Savings Bank of Victoria and is one in an extensive series of Christmas cards in State Bank Victoria Archives – Ephemera Collection. This particular card, dated 30 September 1917, is unique to the collection in that it was produced specifically to be sent to bank officers who were called to arms in World War I. With its typical Australian scene it was designed to lift the spirits by delivering a bit of home to those fighting in foreign lands.

If you would like to add comments in relation to this poignant record or view and discuss any other items featured in the PROV ‘Record of the Month’ please visit the wiki discussion page.

Building interior designs and plans at PROV

Search through our online index

Detail of Plan RM.M 1.6 New Record Offices, New Longtitudinal Sextion On Line A,B - Drawing No. 9 in VPRS 3686/P1, unit 437 Pre-Metric Building Plans
A recent article in The Age newspaper about a group’s campaign for the heritage protection of a series of Melbourne building interiors has prompted us to look at the extensive range of building interiors, designs and plans in our collection.

An example is the image detail pictured here of a contract drawing from the Public Works Department for the ‘New Record Offices’ in Queen Street Melbourne. This was completed in 1904 to house various categories of records for the Registrar-General.

PROV has a searchable index online of Public Works Department plans for anyone interested in heritage interiors.
Visit our blog page to read a full article on interior design in our collection.

Summers Past now on

Sun, surf and sand at the VAC

1952 Miss Pacific finalists Mary Clifton Smith, Pamela Jansen and Judy Worrad, stand in front of surf boards on Bondi Beach, Sydney. Image courtesy of National Archives.
Visitors are flocking to the Victorian Archives Centre to see Summers Past: Golden Days in the Sun 1950-1970, a fascinating photographic exhibition highlighting Australia’s love affair with the sun and sea.

The exhibition is having a repeat and final display at the Victorian Archives Centre before it is returned to the National Archives in Canberra.

Summers Past features colour photographs of all things summer, invoking memories of carefree sunny days at the beach in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

Summers Past: Golden Days in the Sun 1950-1970 will be on display until April 2012. Entry is free.

PROV Reading Room closures over Christmas and New Year

Victorian Archives Centre and Balarat Archives Centre

The Victorian Archives Centre Reading Room will be closed over the Christmas period at the end of business Friday 23 December and will reopen on Tuesday 3 January 2012.
The Ballarat Archives Centre Reading Room will be closed from the end of business Wednesday 21 December and will reopen on Tuesday 3 January 2012.

December Events

What's on at the Victorian Archvies Centre and around Victoria

10:00am, Tuesday 6 December
Koorie Workshop: Discovering your past through records, Day 1

10:00am, Wednesday Friday 7 December
Koorie Workshop: Caring for your collection, Day 2
11am, Friday 9 December
Free Tour, Victorian Archives Centre repository
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne
Saturday 10 December
Victorian Archives Centre, Saturday Open Day
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne
11am, Friday 16 December
Free Tour, Victorian Archives Centre repository
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

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