February 2015

Newly opened files reveal the story of the Yarra River baby

Have you explored our newly opened Section 9 Files yet?

21 December 1934 9.30pm, a Footscray labourer watched as a young woman walked with her baby and suitcase towards Richmond Suspension Bridge on the bank of the Yarra River. Half an hour later she walked past him again in the opposite direction, this time the baby wasn’t with her.

Mary Alice Clara Stevens was sentenced to death for the murder of her baby, Leslie.

In one of a series of Section 9 files now open, find out what happens to Mary Alice Clara Stevens.

Read her story as told through the records found in that file here.

A new exhibition is coming soon...

Journey back to old school days at Old Treasury Building this March

Be transported back in time to the classrooms of the late 1800s to today in a new exhibition opening at Old Treasury Building in March. The School Days: Education in Victoria Exhibition will feature classroom stories, school photographs, old text books, and memorabilia straight from the vaults of the state archives.

Through a range of nostalgic displays be reminded of the days when milk was delivered to every child and being caned was all part of a normal education. What were 'ragged schools’ of the 1860s, and how did the state approach Aboriginal schooling, migrant education and playground design?

See how Victorian education has changed since 1872, when Victoria became the first state to establish a public school system based on the principles of free, secular and compulsory education.

Opening 2 March until August 2015.


Researching Immigration Records

Come along to our February Information Session at the Victorian Archives Centre

    Are you trying to find out when and how your ancestors came to Victoria, but have no idea where to start looking?

    Assisted vs unassisted immigration, shipping records, passenger lists, exiles, inter-colonial arrivals... do you find it all a bit overwhelming? Then this information session is for you.

    We'll introduce you to our immigration holdings and show you how to get started with your research.

    Take a guided tour of Walata Tyamateetj

    Only 7 places left!

      Join a small guided group tour of the Walata tyamateetj: carry knowledge exhibition at the Victorian Archives Centre.

      This interesting exhibition offers access to important Aboriginal records rarely put on public display, dating back from early settlement of Victoria in the mid-1800s through to the 1960s.

      Walata tyamateetj explores the effects legislation and regulations had on the lives of Victorian Aboriginal people, as well as their struggle, successes and fight for civil rights.

      Don't miss this opportunity to take a tour of these records, guided by the Public Record Office's Carly Godden.

      Archival Snapshot of the month

      The Controversial Warship Shenandoah

      On the 25th of January 1865 the Confederate States Steamer C.S.S. Shenandoah arrived in Hobsons Bay seeking repairs, provisions, and to land its prisoners. January 2015 marked the 150th anniversary of the arrival of C.S.S. Shenandoah. The Shenandoah’s arrival created a great deal of controversy and raised serious diplomatic concerns.

      This Archival Snapshot highlights some of the archived correspondence held at Public Record Office Victoria regarding the C.S.S. Shenandoah and its time in Victoria.


      Do you want to see your research published?

      We are now calling for submissions for Provenance

      Have you been researching your family or town? Or have you delved deeper into some of our crime files? Maybe you've found some interesting records related specifically to your area of study - such as law or architecture. Then why not write about it?

      Submit your research article to the 2015 edition of Provenance before the 4th of May.

      Upcoming Events

      What's coming up at the Victorian Archives Centre this month?

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

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

      Connect with us!

      Tuesday 17 Feb 11-12pm
      Free: Tour of the Archives
      North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street

      Tuesday 17 Feb 1-2pm
      Researching Immigration Records
      North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street


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