July 2016

To self-publish or not to self-publish? That is the question!

Following on from her recent talk at the archives, Hazel Edwards has the answer...

We've been pleased to welcome Hazel Edwards to the Victorian Archives Centre twice over the last few months to teach us all about writing ‘non-boring’ family histories and memoirs. Here she answers some additional questions for those of you considering publishing your life story. 

And if you missed out on either of Hazel's talks here in North Melbourne, be sure to visit the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre later this month to see Hazel present as part of their Author Series. 


How to write a 'non-boring' memoir

Some of the top tips to come out of Hazel Edwards' June talk at the archives

1. Could you use a unique format for your memoir? Think outside the box.
2. Your title is extremely important. Don’t call your story ‘my memoir’ or ‘my story’. You need to be original and make people WANT to read it!
3. Anecdultory: use interesting anecdotes but not necessarily in chronological order.
4. Your memoir needs conflict. This can be within your main character, between characters, their physical surrounds or a challenge they need to overcome.
5. Be diplomatic and kind, consider the impact on your family when writing and remember, this is simply YOUR version of events.

Discover our teacher records at Family History Feast

We're thrilled to be joining State Library of Victoria again this year

We're pleased to be a part of Family History Feast at the State Library again this year.

Join us for a session on finding teacher records in the archives. The day also includes presentations on immigration, occupations and conservation. 

This event takes place during National Family History Month 2016. 


2016 Victorian Community History Awards

REMINDER: Entries close 29 July 2016

The Victorian Community History Awards are proudly presented by Public Record Office Victoria and the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.

The Awards celebrate the people involved in community history projects who are dedicated to telling local stories which help all Victorians to better understand their past. Entries close 2pm Friday 29 July 2016.

Photo of the Month

Here's one of our favourite photos from the archives this month...


Make sure to follow us on social media for a constant stream of interesting articles, posts and photos like this one. 

We shared this photo for #FashionFriday recently and it quickly became one of our favourite photos for June! 

Taken in May 1972 at Spencer Street Station, this photo is one of the more colourful images that can be found as part of our Public Transport Photographic Collection.

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Upcoming Events

What's coming up this month?

Monday to Friday 10am-4.30pm
NAA 'A Place to Call Home' exhibit
Victorian Archives Centre Foyer
North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
Learn more

Sunday to Friday 10am-4pm
'Soldier On: WW1 Soldier Settler Stories'
Old Treasury Building
Melbourne, Spring Street

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Saturday 9 July 10am-4.30pm
Victorian Archives Centre Reading Room
North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
Open Saturday

Saturday 30 July 10am-4.30pm
Victorian Archives Centre Reading Room
North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
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