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Issue #68
February 2013

Public Record Office Despatch

Record of the Month

Celebrating Chinese New Year

Access Services Officer Pam Sheers has discovered a number of records relating to the Chinese New Year which will be celebrated on Sunday 10 February.
Pam has a great interest in old school photographs and this school photograph album celebrating Chinese New Year was created by West Melbourne – King Street Primary School in 1985. 
Also discovered was a series of Chinese New Year Lucky Envelopes which were produced by the State Savings Bank of Victoria and are now part of the Ephemera Collection held at Public Record Office Victoria.
Have you seen these records before? We would love to know more about their history. Contribute today on our wiki.

Left: School Photograph Album celebrating Chinese New Year, VPRS 9432/P1 Unit 11.
Above: Chinese  New Year Lucky Envelopes, VPRS 8936/P1 Unit 248

2013 Sir Rupert Hamer Awards

Nominations now open

We are now accepting applications for the annual Sir Rupert Hamer Records Management Awards which will be held on Thursday 16 May at Queens Hall, Parliament House.

The Awards recognise achievements in excellent records management practice within Victorian Government agencies and local Community Archives.

Now in their 15th year, the Awards showcase projects in both Victorian Government and the broader community that are innovative or progressive and enable us to better store and preserve information for future generations to use and enjoy.

Nominations for the Awards close Friday 12 April 2013.

Sir Rupert Hamer

View previous winners and info on how to apply here.

Trams: Moving Pictures

On display now

One of Melbourne’s most famous icons, the tram, has taken centre stage in a new exhibition which explores the history and style of our favourite mode of transport.
Trams: Moving Pictures features historic photographs and footage including a documentary of a cable tram rattling through Melbourne in 1910, alongside memorabilia such as conductors’ bags and uniforms.
A highlight of the exhibition is a series of images of trams that were painted between 1978 and 1993 by a range of contemporary artists such as Howard Arkley, Mirka Mora, Michael Leunig, Reg Mombassa and others. The Transporting Art Project was funded by the Victorian Ministry for the Arts and a number of sponsors and featured 36 painted W-class trams.
Trams: Moving Pictures is on display at the Old Treasury Building until August 2013. Entry is free. For further information and to view opening hours visit

Martin Plaza from Mental as Anything painting a tram.
VPRS 12620/P5, unit 1

Program of the Month

Interpretation: Revealing the stories of your collections

Designed to improve your skills in interpretation, this training workshop offers tips and ideas to engage visitors in your museum objects.

Learn techniques to help impart the messages you want to share. Enhance your visitors' experience through meaningful and provocative interpretation of your collection and you will connect them to your region's heritage forever!

Through activities in this workshop, you will have the opportunity to contribute ideas and knowledge of your area and collection to the development of Public Record Office Victoria's touring exhibition, 'What's in a Name'. This exhibition will focus on how and why places are named, or renamed, exploring the changing relationship Victorians have had, and continue to have, to land and country.

Places are limited. Click here to book.

What's On

February / March 2013

Fri 4 Feb
Volunteering @ PROV session
Fri 8 Feb
Intro to PROV Collection
Sat 9 Feb
Victorian Archives Centre is open this Saturday
Mon 18 Feb
Researching Property Records

Tue 19 Feb
Interpreting your Collection
Sat 23 Feb
Victorian Archives Centre is open this Saturday
Tue 5 Mar
Intro to PROV Collection
Wed 6 Mar
Volunteering @ PROV session
Sat 9 Mar
Victorian Archives Centre is open this Saturday
Mon 11 Mar
Closed for Labour Day
Fri 29 Mar, Sat 30 Mar, Mon 1 Apr
Closed for Easter long weekend

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