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Koorie Records Unit Newsletter

DECEMBER 2012 - NUMBER 10

The Koorie Records Unit Newsletter is published triannually by the Koorie Records Unit at Public Record Office Victoria

The Koorie Records Unit promotes awareness about Victorian Aboriginal records held by Public Record Office Victoria and the National Archives of Australia and aims to improve the accessibility of these records to the wider Aboriginal community.

IN THIS ISSUE:

Coranderrk Database - Local History Project Award Winner 2012
Updates on Koorie Records Unit publications
wilam naling Small Grants program 2011 completed projects

Koorie Index of Names update
Provenance, the journal of Public Record Office Victoria
Trams: Moving Pictures - new exhibition open at the Old Treasury Building
Public Record Office Victoria Christmas and New Year closures
Public Record Office Victoria calendar of events



Coranderrk Database

Local History Project Award winner 2012!

Mick Woiwood delivering his acceptance speech.
Congratulations to Mick Woiwood, whose Coranderrk Database, Tarcoola Press in association with Wurundjeri Tribe Land and Compensation Cultural Heritage Council Inc. 2012 (book and disc) received this year’s Local History Project Award in the Victorian Community History Awards.
 
The Coranderrk Database is a resource kit providing detailed material presented chronologically about Aboriginal people at the Coranderrk Aboriginal station designed to service communities through libraries in the Yarra Valley and throughout Victoria.
 
The Victorian Community History Awards are managed by Public Record Office Victoria in partnership with the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. They recognise the contribution made to the preservation of Victoria’s heritage and the appreciation of the history of Victoria.
 
To see a full list of Victorian Community History Awards winners, visit Public Record Office Victoria's website here.

Updates on Koorie Records Unit publications

New guide to Aboriginal records in Victoria and Finding your Story.


Image: VPRS 242, P0, unit 466, file C15690. List of Aborigines receiving blankets.

A new guide to Aboriginal records in Victoria currently being produced by Public Record Office Victoria with funding from Aboriginal Affairs Victoria is well on its way.
 
The guide builds on the publication My Heart is Breaking – a Joint Guide to Records about Aboriginal People which featured information on Victorian Aboriginal records from 1836 to 1975 held by both Public Record Office Victoria and the National Archives of Australia.
 
The new guide will include an updated and extensive list of Aboriginal records from both organisations and other key record series in which information about Aboriginal people and issues may be found. Images from both collections of significant and interesting records will also feature in the new guide as well as a contextual essay written by Professor Richard Broome. The essay focuses on the development of government policy and practice in Victoria, providing links to the records in the collections.
 
The publication will be produced as both an online e-book and in hard copy by June 2013.



Image: Cover of 'Finding your Story'

Finding your Story was first published in 2005 and is a manual for assisting members of the Stolen Generations along the journey of accessing records relating to themselves and their identity.
 
Public Record Office Victoria is currently working on the revised edition which will include further details and updated information relevant to researching records as well as additional resources such as a family tree template and an expanded FAQs section.
 
Jade Johnson from Connecting Home was seconded for six months to Public Record Office Victoria to assist in the stakeholder liaison and development of the updated text. Having Jade’s invaluable input in the project has provided us with an insight into how the manual is perceived and used by members of the Stolen Generations and where improvements can be made.
 
The revised Finding your Story is set to be produced as an online publication by June 2013 with print copies being produced dependant on funding.

wilam naling Small Grants program

List of completed projects

Seven recipients of Small Grants in 2011 have now completed their projects. These include:
  • The preservation of photographs of Koorie women attending the Sisters Day Out® Well-Being Workshops conducted by Aboriginal Family Violence prevention and Legal Service Victoria (FVPLS Victoria) by FVPLS Victoria.
  • Indentifying Aboriginal Records and Rescources within the Glenelg Shire by Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corp.
  • Cataloging of the Koorie Heritage Trust (KHT)  Oral History Collection by the KHT.
  • Lake Tyers Keeping Place by Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust.
  • Aborigines in the Yarra Valley and Northern Dandenongs by Mt Evelyn History Group Inc.
  • Preparing digital versions and distributing hard copies of the Coranderrk and Birrarung Databases by Nillumbik Reconciliation Group Inc.
  • 'Uncle Freddie Dowling' Generations of Story Telling Preserved by Uncle Freddie Dowling - Wangaratta Dirrawarra.
Further information on the wilam naling Small Grants including past receipients can be found on Public Record Office Victoria's website here.

Koorie Index of Names (KIN) update

Thousands of entries now added to the database

The addition of indexed names from VPRS 10 (Inward Registered Correspondence to the Superintendent of Port Phillip District, relating to Aboriginal Affairs 1839-1851) and VPRS 11 (Unregistered Inward Correspondence to the Chief Protector of Aborigines - Reports and Returns 1847-1851) to the KIN database means that the total amount of entries has almost reached 19,000! (Note: These series are now available to view online via the Public Record Offic Victoria catalogue in our Reading Rooms.)

With the volunteers at Public Record Office Victoria doing some final checking of VPRS 12 (Aboriginal Protectorate Returns 1840-49) and another 5 series to follow, many more entries will be uploaded into KIN in the near future.

Provenance: the journal of Public Record Office Victoria

Issue 11 now online

Ramahyuck mission
Provenance is the annual journal of Public Record Office Victoria. Provenance publishes peer-reviewed articles, as well as other written contributions, that contain research drawing on records in Public Record Office Victoria’s holdings.
 
The purpose of the journal is to foster access to Public Record Office Victoria’s archival holdings and broaden its relevance to the wider Victorian community.
 
One of the referred articles which may be of interest to readers is ‘In future, only female teachers: Staffing the Ramahyuck mission school in the nineteenth century’ by Dr Felicity Jensz.
 
Dr Jensz’s research focuses on the relationship between missionaries, Aboriginal people and governments in nineteenth-century British colonial world. Her article for Provenance looks at the employment of teachers at the school on the Ramahyuck mission station in eastern Victoria in the latter half of the nineteenth century and through the teachers’ comments provides an insight into the daily running of this school for Koorie children.
 
To view the latest issue of Provenance click here.

Trams: Moving Pictures

New exhibition now open at the Old Treasury Building

Tram painted by Lin Onus
A new exhibition at the Old Treasury Building features one of Melbourne's most famous and loved icons, the tram.
 
Trams: Moving Pictures brings together historic photographs and footage including a documentary of a cable tram rattling through Melbourne in 1910 alongside memorabilia such as conductors’ bags and uniforms.

Included in the exhibition is a series of images of trams painted by contemporary Australian artists including Howard Arkley, Mirka Mora, Michael Leunig and Koorie artist, Lin Onus. The Transporting Art Project, funded by the Victorian Ministry for the Arts and a number of sponsors, featured 36 painted W-class trams painted by the artists between 1978 and 1993.

The majority of works on display are from the collection of Public Record Office Victoria along with a number of loaned items.

Trams: Moving Pictures will be on display at the Old Treasury Building until August 2013. Entry is free. For further information and to view opening times, visit oldtreasurybuilding.org.au

Public Record Office Victoria Christmas and New Year Closures

Victorian Archives Centre, Ballarat Archives Centre, Bendigo Regional Archives Centre and Geelong Heritage Centre

Please note that the Victorian Archives Centre Reading Room will close end of business on Friday 21 December 2012 and the Ballarat Archives Centre Reading Room will be closed end of business on Tuesday 18 December 2012.

The Victorian Archives Centre will reopen on Wednesday 2 January 2013 and the Ballarat Archives Centre will reopen on Monday 7 January 2013.
Bendigo Regional Archives Centre closes on Friday 21 December 2012 and reopens 1.00pm Wednesday 9 January 2013. Geelong Heritage Centre closes Friday 21 December 2012 and reopens Tuesday 8 January 2013.

Public Record Office Victoria calendar of events

January - February 2013

Sat 12 January 2013
Saturday Opening
 
Wed 16 January
Introduction to the Collection
 
Thur 31 January
Researching Regional Records

Fri 8 February
Introduction to the Collection
 
Sat 9 February
Saturday Opening

Wednesday 13 February
In the Street Where you Live

Mon 18 Feb
Researching Property Records
 
Sat 23 Feb
Saturday Opening

Visit our events calendar here to see a full list of Public Record Office Victoria's events and programs.

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