April 2015

Dig the Archives at the Victorian Archives Centre Open Day

Registrations are now open for this 2 May event

The Victorian Archives Centre is opening its doors and inviting everyone to Dig the Archives on our annual open day. Come along on the 2nd of May to hear fascinating talks, tours and training sessions about archival discoveries.

Guest speakers include journalist and author Gideon Haigh, Ancestry.com.au's Ben Mercer, author and historian Liz Rushen, along with plenty of other research specialists and story tellers.

This event is free and only comes round once a year!
Check out the schedule.


World War 1 soldier settlers come to life with 'Battle to Farm'

ANZAC commemorative website launch

Earlier this week, Parliamentary Secretary to Special Minister of State Shaun Leane MP unveiled our important new website for historical and family research.

Battle to Farm enables public access to 10,000 government records on the Victorian Soldier Settlement Scheme. The scheme helped settle thousands of returned World War One soldiers on farming land across Victoria through government leases, drastically transforming the landscape of regional Victoria. See videos and an interactive map.


The records we preserve

Ever wondered how we determine what records are worth keeping?

    The Public Records Act 1973 requires us to work with Victorian government agencies to select public records for permanent preservation as State Archives.

    So, out of all the digital and paper files government creates every day, how do we decide which ones are worth keeping forever?

    The selection of State Archives is guided by a set of characteristics.


    Adoption and wardship

    Using Ballarat's resources to trace family

    Are you interested in learning more about the records and resources available to help you research adoption and wardship in Ballarat? Join us at the Museum of Australian Democracy Eureka on the 22nd of April for a panel on how to research family and personal history.

    Information about a range of support organisations that can help you with your research will also be provided and their representatives will be available after the presentations for consultation.

    WWI Resource Kit

    The Bendigo Regional Archives Centre has developed a kit for researchers

    The Bendigo Regional Archives Centre is offering researchers access to a WWI Resource Kit. Spanning 1914-1922, the kit comprises motions from seven local councils' minute books which show local civic responses to the declaration of the War, the Gallipoli landing, and the end of the War.

    Examples of incoming correspondence included in the kit highlight various topics: school contributions to local fundraising, activities of numerous volunteer fundraising groups and enlistment figures.

    To download the kit, and see how Bendigo and district responded to, and coped with, the trials of WWI, click here.

    Archival snapshot: video from 'Battle to Farm'

    Click on the image below to watch Shirley Boyle describe life on a soldier settlement farm

    Do you want to see your research published?

    FINAL CALL for submissions for Provenance

    Have you been researching your family or town? Or have you delved deeper into some of our crime files? Maybe you've found some interesting records related specifically to your area of study - such as law or architecture. Then why not write about it?

    Submit your research article to the 2015 edition of Provenance before the 4th of May.

    Upcoming Events

    What's coming up at the Victorian Archives Centre this month?

    We will be closed on ANZAC Day

    Saturday 11 April 10am-4.30pm
    Victorian Archives Centre Reading Room
    North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
    Open Saturday

    Tuesday 14 April 11-12pm
    School Days Floor Talk:
    'Teaching in the Bush' with R. Edmonds

    Old Treasury Building
    Melbourne, Spring Street

    Tuesday 28 April 11-12pm
    School Days Floor Talk:
    'Migrant Education' with D. Robertson

    Old Treasury Building
    Melbourne, Spring Street

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

    Connect with us!


    Wednesday 22 April 10am-1pm
    Adoption & Wardship
    MADE, 102 Stawell St South, Ballarat

    Thursday 23 April 11-12pm
    Free: Tour of the Archives
    North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street

    Thursday 23 April 1-2pm
    Free: Digging Deeper Info Session
    North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street

    Saturday 2 May 10am-4.30pm
    Free: Dig the Archives Open Day
    North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street

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