May 2016

Crime Writing in the Archives

Book now for our upcoming crime writing panel

Are you a true crime fan? Would you love to write a true crime of your own? Join us for a panel discussion featuring crime writers and researchers who've used either the state archives or Ancestry.com.au to discover crimes of Victoria's past.

THE PANEL:

Gideon Haigh has been a journalist for more than thirty years and written thirty-one books. For his most recent book, Certain Admissions, he delves into the archives to investigate the life of convicted murderer John Bryan Kerr. 

Vikki Petraitis is a true crime writer with over 20 years' experience. Her best-selling book, The Frankston Murders, has become a classic in the genre. Her latest book, The Dog Squad, looks at the work done by police dogs and their handlers. 

Lee Hooper is the Co-Director of Born & Bred Historical Research and co-creator, researcher, writer & interviewer for the upcoming podcast Melbourne Dead & Buried. In 2014 she researched and wrote about family annihilator Frank O'Brien.

Michael Shelford is a writer, journalist and historian based in Fitzroy. He has written for the Guardian newspaper among others. Michael is currently completing a book about Melbourne's underworld 1890-1920. As the proprietor of Melbourne Historical Crime Tours, he conducts walking tours based on his research.

Hazel Edwards' 13 Tips for Marketing a Memoir

We're thrilled to welcome Hazel back to the archives!

Hazel Edwards is coming back to the Victorian Archives Centre this June to teach us all how to write a ‘non-boring’ memoir.

This workshop will build on her previous session 'How to write a non boring family history' and is suitable for all those who wish to improve their writing skills as well as for those contemplating putting their life story into words. NOTE: you do not need to have attended Hazel's previous talk to attend this session. It's suitable for both previous attendees as well as newbies! 

In this blog post, Hazel gives us a sneak preview into some of her tips for what to do once your memoir is published:

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A Place To Call Home?

A new exhibition is now showing at the Victorian Archives Centre

From May until September 2016, the National Archives of Australia will be showing their exhibition A Place To Call Home? Migrant Hostel Memories here at the Victorian Archives Centre. 

After World War II, with hundreds of thousands of new arrivals, housing was at a premium. Former army and air force camps were converted into hostels to provide temporary accommodation while immigrants found homes and jobs. Snakes in the laundry, dreary meals of mutton and a British reluctance to shower are just some of the memories post-war immigrants have shared in this exhibition.

Read more...

Heritage Discovery Week in Bendigo

Explore the Bendigo Regional Archives

The Bendigo Regional Archives Centre is planning a week of talks, tours and workshops as part of Bendigo Library’s Heritage Discovery Week. Take a tour of the archives, discover what secrets lie amongst the local council’s 19th century correspondence or learn what mattered most to Bendigo citizens through a rich archive of petitions.  

Bookings essential.

Before you visit why not take a look at some of Bendigo's online petitions?

Search our Collection through TROVE

Discover a new way to search through our collection online...

    We’re thrilled to announce that our collection is now searchable through the National Library of Australia’s Trove website.

    Trove helps you find and use resources relating to Australia. It brings together content from libraries, museums, archives and other research organisations and includes over 475 million online resources – such as books, images, newspapers, maps, music and documents. 

    Learn more here...

    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


    Connect with us!
    Friday 6 May 11am-1pm
    Research Your Historic Home & Archive Tour
    North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street


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


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


    Friday 3 June 6.30pm-8pm
    Crime Writing Panel
    North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
    Book now! 

     

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