Thank you to our partners, the National Archives of Australia and Ancestry, speakers and staff for helping us to make it a successful event.
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Historic Photo Competition winner announced
Congratulations to our photo competition winner, Raelene Smith!
Throughout March and April we invited members of the public to send us their own historic photos. The competition unearthed some gems that, until now, have only been seen by the families who own them.
At Dig the Archives on Saturday we were thrilled to announce the winner of the competition, Raelene Smith, with her photo of her grandfather Fred Wurfel, son Stan and friend George, and their truckload of Mallee stumps.
Now showing at the Victorian Archives Centre foyer gallery
Between 1978 and 1993 the Ministry for the Arts initiated the ‘Transporting Art’ project which asked famous Australian artists to paint Melbourne’s iconic W class trams. Thirty-six artists including Lin Onus, Clifton Pugh, Brett Colquhoun, Michael Leunig, Mirka Mora, Jeffrey Makin and Erica McGilchrist and even pop group ‘Mental as Anything’ were involved.
The exhibition Transporting Art, now showing at the Victorian Archives Centre, gives audiences an opportunity to appreciate the work of some of the artists involved in this innovative project.
The story of charming Melbourne con artist Mona Hayes
Last month the Herald Sunonline ran the story of Mona Hayes, a woman we found in the S9 file openings earlier this year. While going through boxes of the newly opened files, we first saw Mona Hayes pop up as a petty thief, stealing watches and fur coats from shops across Melbourne. The police described her as an exceptionally clever thief with an engaging personality, people would fall all over themselves to help her.
Then she appears in one more file - and in this one she stands trial for murder.
What drove Mona to murder Albert Sharpe? Read the Herald Sun's article to find out!
You may be surprised to learn that the Ballarat Archives Centre collection spans records from Karkarook in the far northwest of the state; Horsham in the Wimmera area; Ararat and Stawell in the Grampians area; and all the way to Daylesford, Trentham and Bacchus Marsh in the Central Highlands.
And the collection continues to grow!
Here are some of the newly released records now accessible for researchers to order and view in the Ballarat Archives Centre Reading Room.