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Issue #67
January 2013

Public Record Office Despatch

Newly opened records provide a glimpse into our past

What will you discover in 2013?

Hundreds of records relating to Victoria’s history have been made accessible from 1 January as part of our annual opening of officially closed records.
75-year-old records including Criminal Trial Briefs, Melbourne Divorce Case Files, Central Registers of Male Prisoners, registers of patients from a number of hospitals and asylums are among a list of fascinating records that will now be accessible to Victorians who are interested in researching history from 1937.
A range of court records from 1913, 99 years from when they were created, will provide researchers with new found knowledge on Victoria’s court systems in the early twentieth century. These court records include Melbourne Children’s Court, Ballarat Courts, Geelong Courts and several Melbourne metropolitan courts including St Kilda and Northcote.
Also of interest is the release of the remaining pre John Cain Government-era Cabinet records which range from 1969 to early 1982 when Cain came into Government. The next series of Cabinet records will not be opened until 2026.
Click here for further information or to view the full list of newly opened records.

Looking for something to do with the kids over the school holidays?

Trams: Moving Pictures

One of Melbourne’s most famous icons, the tram, has taken centre stage in a new exhibition which explores the history and style of our favourite mode of transport.
Trams: Moving Pictures features historic photographs and footage including a documentary of a cable tram rattling through Melbourne in 1910, alongside memorabilia such as conductors’ bags and uniforms.

The majority of works on display are from our collection along with a number of loaned items.
Trams: Moving Pictures is on display at the Old Treasury Building until August 2013. Entry is free. For further information and to view opening hours visit

Jenny Watson painted tram, VPRS 12620/P3, unit 8

Showcase Record

The gift of a school to Villers Bretonneux by Melbourne school children

The Villers-Bretonneux School Photograph Collection features items of various formats documenting the role of the Victorian Department of Education and the school children of Victoria in the rebuilding of the school at Villers-Bretonneux, France after its destruction in 1918 during World War 1.
Read more about Access Services Officer, Lee Hooper’s discovery here.

Villers-Bretonneux School Photograph Collection, VPRS 14520/P1, unit 1

Sir Rupert Hamer Awards 2013

Thursday 16 May

Get your projects ready as we will be accepting applications for the annual Sir Rupert Hamer Records Management Awards very soon.

The Sir Rupert Hamer Records Management Awards recognise achievements in good records management practice within Victorian government Agencies and local Community Archives.

The annual Sir Rupert Hamer Awards will be held on Thursday 16 May 2013. Entries for the Awards will open this month, so keep an eye out for further announcements or stay up to date on Twitter or Facebook!

Click here for further information and to see previous winners.

January Record of the Month

Police Magistrate’s Register

Theo Pavlidis of the Access Services team discovered an interesting record from our Collection this month. The Police Magistrate’s Register created by the Castlemaine Police Office between 1852 and 1853 includes dates of hearings, charges, names and other information relating to cases.
You can read all about this record here.

Police Magistrate's Register, VPRS 5347/P0 Unit 1

What’s on in January / February

Tours, talks and more!

Sat 12 Jan, 10am-4.30pm
Saturday opening
Sat 16 Jan, 11am-2pm
Intro to PROV Collection and tour of the archives
Mon 28 Jan
Closed for Australia Day
Thu 31 Jan, 11am-2.30pm
Researching Regional Records
Fri 8 Feb, 11am-2pm
Intro to PROV Collection and tour of the archives

Sat 9 Feb, 10am-4.30pm
Saturday opening

Tue 12 Feb, 11am-2pm
Records Management Network meeting
Mon 18 Feb, 11am-2.30pm
Researching Property Records

Sat 23 Feb, 10am-4.30pm
Saturday opening

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