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Issue #69
March 2013

Public Record Office Despatch

Public Record Office Open Day - 20 April 2013

Come and celebrate Public Record Office's 40th anniversary!

On Saturday the 20th of April we are opening our doors to take you behind the scenes to show you the treats and treasures of Public Record Office Victoria as part of our 40th anniversary celebrations.
A range of talks, and information sessions will provide you with knowledge ready to start your next research project.
A series of tours will help you unlock Victoria’s history, from discovering our notorious criminal past through the records of Ned Kelly and Frederick Deeming, to exploring the treasures of the archives through historical photographs and age-old records. You might even leave with a few tales to spin at your next dinner party!
The Open Day will also equip you with all the knowledge you need to kick-start your next research project. We will offer workshops and information sessions on a range of topics such as caring for family artefacts, researching your property and learning how to write and share your family history online.
Entry is free, bookings are essential!

To view a full line up of events and book your spot see:

Interpretation: Revealing the stories of your collections
March 18

Record relating to Alice Ball - VPRS_24 / P0, unit 7 ref 1850-18, page 3
Lerderderg Library, Bacchus Marsh

Designed to improve your skills in interpretation, this training workshop offers tips and ideas to engage visitors in your museum objects. Learn techniques to help impart the messages you want to share. Enhance your visitors' experience through meaningful and provocative interpretation of your collection and you will connect them to your region's heritage forever.
Though activities in this workshop, you will have the opportunity to contribute ideas and knowledge of your area and collection to the development of Public Record Office Victoria's touring exhibition, 'What's in a Name'. This exhibition will focus on how and why places are named and renamed. It will explore the changing relationship Victorians have had, and continue to have, to land and country.
Places are strictly limited so get in quick! Click here to book your place

Record of the Month

The Victorian Bushfires of 2009

2009 Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission-VPRS 16295/P4, Unit 1
Access Services Officer Kerry Harding has chosen to highlight this series of reports by the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission which were created in response to the devastating bushfires that swept through Victoria on Saturday the 7th of February 2009.
On the day of the bushfires, many of us listened to news updates with a sense of helplessness as details of the scale of the tragedy came to light. The nation as a whole was touched and saddened by the human loss and devastation.
Kerry wanted to highlight this record to mark this significant and tragic event in Victoria’s recent history an event which continues to impact on communities and families across Victoria
For more detail about this, and to view the full series of reports created by the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission click here

What's on

March / April 2013

Mon 18 March
Interpreting your Collection

Fri 29 March
Closed for Good Friday

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Mon 1 April
Closed for Easter Monday
Thu 11 April
Researching Criminal Trial Briefs

Fri 12 April
Volunteering at PROV

Sat 13 April
Victorian Archives Centre is open this Saturday
Sat 20 April
PROV Open Day

Fri 26 April
Reading 19th Century Handwriting

Sat 27 April
Victorian Archives Centre is open this Saturday

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