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November 2015

Read all the latest news from the Koorie Records Unit

About the Koorie Records Unit
 
The Koorie Records Unit (KRU) promotes awareness about records relating to Aboriginal people held by Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) and the National Archives of Australia and aims to improve access to these records for the wider Aboriginal community.

 
In this issue:
  • News from the KRU
  • Soldier On: WW1 Soldier Settler Stories
  • Project Albany Update
  • Aboriginal Victorians WW1
  • Local History Grants
  • Female Prison Registers
  • What’s on at PROV

News from the KRU

November 2015 update from the Koorie Records Unit...


Finding Your Mob
Are you part of a community group with an interest in family history? We are taking expressions of interest from groups who would like to visit the Archives Center to get  familiar with the tools available to start your research. Past groups have attended a tour of the Archives Center followed by a chance to view original records in the reading room. If you would like to arrange a group visit please email koorie.records@prov.vic.gov.au
 
Staff Changes
Jessica Reid has returned to her position as Reference Officer with National Archives Australia. In the position of Koorie Reference Officer is Georgia Harris who will fill the role until June 2016.

Tsari Anderson is currently on leave and will return to her position as Coordinator, Koorie Records Unit in early 2016.

Soldier On: WW1 Soldier Settler Stories

A new exhibition comes to Old Treasury Building

Soldier On: WW1 Soldier Settler Stories is now showing at Old Treasury Building. 

The KRU has been researching soldier settlement in Victoria for this new exhibition and we're excited to reveal that we've uncovered the records for a second Aboriginal soldier who obtained a block of land after WWI. George McDonald was born in Lake Condah and obtained a piece of land in Corangamite Estate which he used for mixed farming from 1921 until 1923.  His story is told through original documents from the PROV and NAA collection. Learn about other stories of success and failures of the soldier settlement scheme and how land at Lake Condah and Coranderrk were eventually acquired for the settlement of returned soldiers.   

Soldier On: WW1 Soldier Settler Stories is presented by Old Treasury Building in partnership with Public Record Office Victoria, and is supported by the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund.

Visit oldtreasurybuilding.org.au for visitor information or discover more WW1 soldier settlers at soldiersettlement.prov.vic.gov.au.

Project Albany Update

Department of Veterans Affairs Repatriation files digitisation project



Our colleagues at the National Archives have been progressing with their $3.4 million project to describe and digitise Department of Veteran’s Affairs Repatriation files. These files document the medical care, welfare services and pensions provided by the Repatriation Department to returned soldiers and their families. Very few of the files have been viewed since their official use.

The KRU has been investigating and so far have identified five Victorian Aboriginal men who departed Australia aboard the first convoy.

You can search for and view these records through the Discovering Anzacs website.

Not all service men and women who returned home have a repatriation record, only those who applied for a pension or benefit. If you are having trouble locating a family member, you can phone the National Archives of Australia on 1300 886 881 for assistance.

Do you have information on Aboriginal Victorians who served in WW1?

Office of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria and Veterans Branch joint project

       

 

 

The Office of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria together with Veterans Branch is undertaking a Research and Collation Project to gather information about Victorian Aboriginal men who served in the first World War.  

Although over one hundred Aboriginal men enlisted in the AIF (Australian Imperial Force) in Victoria, only a few of these men’s stories have been documented. 

Do you have any information about Victorian Aboriginal men who served in World War One ? Do you have photos or other memorabilia to share? Contact Jessica Horton or Marie Hapke before the end of November on:  Jessica.Horton@dpc.vic.gov.au or 9208 3016 (Mon - Weds) or Marie.Hapke@dpc.vic.gov.au or 9208 3261. 

The information gathered through this project will be placed online to enable all members of the community to easily find information about Aboriginal Victorians who served in WW1.  

This project is supported by the Office of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria and the Veterans Branch, Department of Premier & Cabinet.

Local History Grants: 2015/16 Round

Applications now open!


 

PROV is now accepting Local History Grant applications as part of the program's 2015/16 round of funding.

The Local History Grants Program encourages and fosters community activities that preserve, record and share the local, social and community history of Victoria and Victorians.

The program funds a vast variety of local history projects and strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal groups and organisations connecting with their history.

The application process has changes since previous years - all applications must now be submitted online.

Make sure to read the Application Guidelines thoroughly before you apply. Applications close 5pm Monday 30 November 2015.

Learn more and submit your application now!

VPRS 516 Central Register of Female Prisoners 1855 - 1934

Newly digitised Series available online

PROV has completed a project to digitise VPRS 516 Central Register of Female Prisoners and the images are now available to view online.

You can search for a specific name within the digitised Central Register of Female Prisoners through our catalogue by searching within a series (type in VPRS 516 and the surname of your prisoner).

Or simple have a look through all the records available.

Many of the volumes in this Series which were closed to public inspection for preservation purposes can now be viewed.

What's on at PROV

Upcoming events

Monday to Friday 10am-4.30pm
Free exhibition: 'Transporting Art'
Victorian Archives Centre Foyer
North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street


Sunday to Friday 10am-4pm
Free exhibition:
'Soldier On: WW1 Soldier Settler Stories'
Old Treasury Building
Melbourne, Spring Street


Connect with us and make sure you don't miss an event!


   

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


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


Saturday 12 Dec 10am-4.30pm
Victorian Archives Centre Reading Room
North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
Open Saturday


Please check the PROV events calendar for Christmas closures. 

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