March 2015

Old 'School Days' are here to stay!

Our exhibition showcasing the history of education in Victoria is now showing

Be transported back in time to the classrooms of old in a new exhibition now open at Melbourne's Old Treasury Building.

The School Days: Education in Victoria exhibition features classroom stories, school photographs, old text books, and memorabilia straight from our archive.


Open 2 March until September 2015.

Archival Snapshot of the month

The Walhalla School sock

While undertaking research for the School Days: Education in Victoria exhibition, PROV intern Amber Evangelista came across an unusual item in our records...a sock!

Here, Amber writes about what else she found alongside the delicately hand sewn sock, and what it tells us about the history of the remote Walhalla School.


International Women's Day

Rediscover the stories of Victorian women through the state archives

International Women's Day, on the 8th of March, is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In honour of the day we wanted to draw your attention to an important series now open:

The Royal Women's Hospital collection is considered by many to be one of the most comprehensive series relating to women's health in any English speaking country. It comprises a wide range of historic records spanning from the institution’s beginnings in 1856 to the present.

Other women's health records include:

Women at War - in the archives

Presented by Public Record Office Victoria and The Australian Women's Archives

    The Australian Women's Archives Project presents their annual International Women's Day Talk.

    Come along on the 11th of March to hear Archival researchers Janet Butler and Patricia Grimshaw share their current research on Victorian women affected by the First World War.

    Senior Collections Advisor from the Public Record Office of Victoria, Charlie Farrugia, will also share his work in researching soldier settlement files.

    Share your family's Victorian soldier settlement story

    Join us as we launch the 'Battle to Farm' website

      Join us to launch the Battle To Farm website; dedicated to capturing stories of soldier settlement in Victoria, and digitised settlement files online.

      Special guests
      ANZAC Victoria Committee Chair, Ted Baillieu
      RSL Victoria President, Major General David McLachlan AO

      When: 8 April 10.30am
      Where: Victorian Archives Centre, 99 Shiel Street

      Crime, Law & Punishment

      Come along to our March Info Session

      The Crime, Law and Punishment information session will take you through three areas of our collection.

      Firstly, Inquest records. These are among the most popular holdings here at PROV. If your ancestor died in circumstances which warranted an inquest, or even if you're just having trouble finding a death registration, you may find what you're looking for in our inquest records.

      Secondly, Prison records. Learn about the history of Victorian Prison systems, what records PROV holds and how to access such prison records.

      Thirdly, Criminal Trial Briefs. Take a look at Criminal Trial Briefs and the art of locating such records.

      Do you want to see your research published?

      We are now calling 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 Labour Day

      Saturday 14 March 10am-4.30pm
      Victorian Archives Centre Reading Room
      North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
      Open Saturday

      Tuesday 17 March 11-12pm
      School Days Floor Talk:
      'Early Schooling' with A. Lenkic

      Old Treasury Building
      Melbourne, Spring Street

      Tuesday 24 March 11-12pm
      School Days Floor Talk:
      'Free, Secular, Compulsory' with C. Frost

      Old Treasury Building
      Melbourne, Spring Street

      Saturday 28 March 10am-4.30pm
      Victorian Archives Centre Reading Room
      North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
      Open Saturday

      Tuesday 25 March 11-12pm
      Free: Tour of the Archives
      North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street

      Tuesday 25 March 1-2pm
      Crime, Law & Punishment Info Session 
      North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street

      Wednesday 26 March 11-12pm
      FINAL Walata tyamateetj guided tour
      North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street

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