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25.02.13 >

Issue #2
Quarter 1 2013

Reading Room News


Quarter 1 2013 Issue of Reading Room News

Welcome to our second edition of Reading Room News.  This edition we bring you some of our end of financial year statistics along with our record of the month and showcase records.  We have a new edition to the reading room in North Melbourne to share with you as well as many new series digitised and available online.  We will leave you with some key dates to place in your diaries and a new and exciting free information session on offer.  As always, we look forward to either seeing you in our reading rooms or connecting with you online.
North Melbourne Reading Room


Did you know...

Record Delivery Times

Each day we have two deliveries of records into the reading room at North Melbourne with the Ballarat reading room able to provide some flexibility around these times.

If you order records online prior to 8:00am, your records will be available for viewing in our reading room when we open at 10:00am.  Any records ordered between 8:01am and 11:30am will be available for viewing in our reading room from 2:00pm.

If you are undertaking a large project and require special consideration to your user limits which automatically set to 8 records per delivery, 24 records in total, please speak with our staff in the reading room.
Free car parking @ the Victorian Archives Centre

We have free onsite car parking available at the Victorian Archives Centre.  The entry to the carpark is at 112 Macaulay Road (opposite the North Melbourne Football oval). 

The carpark is open Monday to Friday and the second and last Saturday of each month.

If you are coming to PROV in a large group on a bus, it is recommended that you have your driver drop you off at the front entrance at 99 Sheil Street and to park on Macaulay Road until you are all ready to be collected.  Smaller buses may fit into the carpark.

PROV 40th Anniversary Open Day

Saturday 20 April 2013

As part of the Public Record Office Victoria 40th birthday celebrations, we are opening our doors and taking you behind-the-scenes during our open day. 

Come and join us at the Victorian Archives Centre in North Melbourne for a day of talks, information sessions, tours and hands-on-workshops.

View our new exhibition commemorating 40 years since the Public Records Act was passed in Parliament.

Further information including event booking details to follow. 


What’s New

 Come and check out our "Kids Place" in the North Melbourne reading room.

"Kids Place"
All furniture has been sourced internally with colouring books, reading books and lego being donated by staff and/or researchers.

Your children/grandchildren have the opportunity to come with you to PROV and sit in our "Kids Place" and entertain themselves.  We do ask that children are supervised at all times and consideration if given to the researchers in the room in terms of noise levels.

We would love to see your little ones pop in and draw a picture of their family to stick onto our family tree.

Available Online

New PROV digitised material available through website

Each image in the list below links through to our online catalogue, where you can browse the completed digitisation project.

VPRS 2 Confidential Despatches to Governor Bourke (1836 – 1837)

William Lonsdale's signature from one of his confidential despatchesSix confidential letters from Captain William Lonsdale, Police Superintendent to Governor Sir Richard Bourke in New South Wales.

VPRS 20/P0 Inward Confidential Correspondence, Superintendent Port Phillip District (1842-1843)

Confidential correspondence primarily had to do with the sale of Crown lands and the appointment of a resident judge for the District.

VPRS 90/P0 Day Book of the Native Police Corps, Narre Warren, Police Magistrate (1845-1853)

Records the troop movements, provisions, and daily activities of Native Police stationed at the Depot.

VPRS 519/P0 Prisoners Sentenced to Hard Labour, Superintendent Port Phillip District (1847-1853)

A very early register listing prisoners, sentences and conditions.

VPRS 117/P0 Outwards Letter Books, Immigration Branch (1849-1851)

These letters cover the arrival and settling of early immigrants to the colony.

VPRS 1396 Photographs of State School Buildings in Victoria (c. 1890)

Detail of photograph of Lee Street Primary School, Carlton, in the 1880s

Photographs of a selection of state schools, bound into presentation volumes.

VPRS 3457/P0 Photographs, Borough of Stawell (1909-c1970)

Images of Stawell and district transferred from Borough of Stawell records.
VPRS 8159 Index to Defunct Hotel Licenses (1850 – 1977)

Detail from the card listing licensees of the Westminster Club hotel in Brunswick

Card Index to estimated 4000 hotels made defunct by the Licences Reduction Board and the Liquor Control Commission between 1906 and 1977. Information includes name and location of the hotel and names of hotel owners and licensees.

VPRS 8360/P1 and VPRS 8361/P1 Melbourne Harbour Trust lantern slides (c. 1870s – c. 1960s)
Fire tender operated by the Melbourne Harbour Trust

A small collection of lantern slides with images dating from c. 1880 to c. 1950 used by the Harbour Trust for presentations.

What's On

Here is a snap shot of what's on at the Victorian Archives Centre in February, March and April.

Tuesday 5 March
Introduction to PROV and the Collection
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

Saturday 9 March
OPEN - Victorian Archives Centre

Monday 11 March
Labour Day Public Holiday

Friday 29 March
Good Friday Public Holiday

Saturday 30 March
Easter Saturday

Monday 1 April
Easter Monday
Thursday 11 April
Researching Criminal Trial Briefs
Victorian Archives Centre

Saturday 13 April
OPEN - Victorian Archives Centre

Saturday 20 April
Public Record Office Victoria - Open Day

Thursday 25 April

Friday 26 April
Reading 19th Century Handwriting
Victorian Archives Centre

Saturday 27 April
OPEN - Victorian Archives Centre

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