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Issue #57
March 2012

Public Record Office Despatch

Shake your Family Tree Day

Family history day at the Victorian Archives Centre

Image courtesy of National Archives of  Australia.
  1. Join us for the annual Shake Your Family Tree Day at the Victorian Archives Centre on Saturday 31 March from 10am to 4pm. With this year’s theme ‘Byte’ into your family history, participants will have the opportunity to discover how to research and preserve family histories in the digital age.
     
Special guest speaker Kirrilly Brentnall, Researcher for popular SBS TV program Who Do You Think You Are? will talk about how research is conducted for the show as well as providing hints and tips for your own family research.

Also on offer throughout the day will be a range of free talks on topics including where to find information on your family; family history exploration in the digital age; researching indigenous family members along with tours, preservation workshops and activities for the kids! Experts will be available during the day from PROV, the National Archives of Australia (NAA), Australia Institute of Genealogical Studies, Immigration Museum and the Genealogical Society of Australia, so take the opportunity to speak with them about your family history research project.


This annual free event on the archives calendar is held Australia-wide by the NAA. Bookings are required for all events. Entry is free. For further information or to make your booking visit the PROV website.

JJ Clark strikes gold!

Gold and Governors: 150 year of the Old Treasury Building

Portrait of John James Clark as a young man. Private Collection.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Old Treasury Building,  one of Melbourne’s most iconic and historically significant public buildings.

A major exhibition titled Gold and Governors: 150 years of the Old Treasury Building will be held from 17 April until 30 November 2012 to commemorate the anniversary.

The exhibition will focus on the life and works of architectural prodigy John James Clark (1838–1915) who was 19 years of age at the time he designed the Old Treasury Building.

While the focus of the exhibition will be on the Old Treasury Building, Gold and Governors explores the architect’s other Victorian and interstate buildings, shedding light on the important and influential work Clark created throughout his life long career.

For further information visit the PROV and Old Treasury Building websites at www.prov.vic.gov.au and www.oldtreasurybuilding.org.au .

Dig into the dark and dirty side of the archives

Discover the shared history of the State Coal Mines and Victorian Railways

Coal sorting by hand on conveyor, State Coal Mine. VPRS 12903, P1 Box 409-17
When we think of the history of Victorian Railways, images of locomotives usually spring to mind. Yet a fascinating and often overlooked aspect of the Victorian Railways is its connection to the State Coal Mines.

Established in 1909, the State Coal Mine at Wonthaggi (VA270), came into operation due to earlier strike action at NSW coalfields which disrupted coal supplies nationwide.

Operating under the control of the Victorian Railways Commissioners, the State Coal Mine became the main coal supply to the state railways and much industry state-wide. The mine’s near 60 year function came to an end in 1968 as locomotives began to depend less on the mines for fuel and increasingly used diesel and electricity for power.

To read more about the State Coal Mine at Wonthaggi and explore thousands of maps and plans of rail and mining components, use the search term “State Coal Mine” at Access the Collection and the PROVwiki


2012 National Year of Reading

Celebrate the year in our Reading Room

In commemoration of the 2012 National Year of Reading, Collections Advisor, Charlie Farrugia has posted a blog on the PROV website which takes us through the history of PROV reading rooms.
Click here to read the story.



March events

What's on at the Victorian Archives Centre and around Victoria

2pm Wednesday 7 March
Picture perfect pixels: Reviving your family photos
Ballarat Library, Ballarat

1pm Thursday 8 March
Women's walking tour of Hotham Hill
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

Saturday 10 March
Victorian Archives Centre open day
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

Monday 12 March
Closure due to Public Holiday
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

1pm Wednesday 14 March
Women, children and welfare history in the archives
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne
 

11am Friday 16 March
Free tour of the archives
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

11am Wednesday 21 March
Tour of the archives & introduction to PROV and the Collection
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

11am Friday 30 March
Free tour of the archives
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

10am Saturday 31 March
Shake your Family Tree Day 2012
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

Satuday 31 March
Victorian Archives Centre open day
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

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