December 2016

Celebrating 60 years since the 1956 Melbourne Olympics

Explore our Olympics archives

On the 22nd of November 1956, Melbourne began its two week run as host city of the Olympic Games. It was the first time the Games were held in the Southern Hemisphere and the first in which all athletes walked the closing ceremony together. 

We have many fantastic records from the 1956 Games including original plans, the City of Melbourne submission to hold the Games, and photographs. 

Take a look at some of the items from our collection here.

You can also view pages from Melbourne's submissions to hold the games on
Mashable here.

And download our Olympics colouring book here.

Local history grants 

Applications are now open

Applications for the 2016-2017 round of the Local History Grants Program are now open. Applications close 5pm Tuesday 31 January 2017. 

Last year saw seventy-one community groups across Victoria share in the funding for historical projects and publications. These included the digitisation of Victorian records, the development of guided historic walks and even the restoration of historical costumes. 

Submit your application for the 2016-2017 round online. 

Read more and apply here.

Have you had a look at our test new website?

We'd love to hear what you think!

A test version of our new website has been available to view online since October. 

One of the new features is the ability to search within a series directly through the website's topic pages. 

Take a look at the 'wills and probates' page as an example. 

We will be accepting feedback on the website design up until the end of December. Simply email us at

Take a peek at Dan Kelly's armour

Now showing at Old Treasury Building 


Dan Kelly's armour, on loan from the Police Museum, is on display as part of the Wild Colonial Boys exhibition at Old Treasury Building. 

In this video, curator Kate Luciano gives us a sneak peek at this fascinating item. 

Upcoming Christmas closures

Researchers please note

Researchers please be aware of upcoming closures in the lead up to Christmas and New Year. 

Victorian Archives Centre

  • The Reading Room will close at 12pm Friday 9 December and re-open Monday 12 December. 
  • The Reading Room will close for Christmas and New Year from 12pm Friday 23 December until 10am Tuesday 3 January. 
  • Cafe 99 will close at 3pm on Tuesday 20 December for Christmas and New Year, and re-open at 8am Tuesday 17 January. 

For Ballarat Archives Centre, Bendigo Regional Archives Centre and Geelong Library and Heritage Centre closures please visit our website.

Upcoming Events

What's coming up this month?

Monday to Friday 10am-4.30pm
'Mos to Mullets' exhibit
Victorian Archives Centre Foyer
North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street

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

Friday 6 Jan 10am-1pm
Finish Writing Your Book with Hazel Edwards
North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
Learn more


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

Sunday to Friday 10am-4pm
'Wild Colonial Boys: Bushrangers in Victoria'
Old Treasury Building
Melbourne, Spring Street

Tuesday to Sunday 10am-5pm
'Menagerie: Animals in Bendigo'
Featuring records from BRAC
Bendigo Art Gallery, View Street
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