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June 2014

Public Record Office Despatch

Sailing into Melbourne opens at the Old Treasury Building
2 June 2014 - 15 February 2015

We are pleased to announce that our new exhibition Sailing into Melbourne is now open at the Old Treasury Building.

Sailing into Melbourne is an impressive display of nautical history that explores the untold history of Melbourne’s famous port.

You will be drawn to the fascinating stories of the Port of Melbourne with its rich history of people and technological change over its 150 year history.

The historic records on display include letters, shipping registers, photographs, documents and plans covering grim stories of quarantine, devastating shipwrecks and grand voyages from Australia to Europe carrying large amounts of gold.

Sailing into Melbourne is on display at:
The Old Treasury Building
20 Spring St
10am-4pm Sunday to Friday
Entry is free

Click here for further information.

Image: Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 8363/P2, unit 4-78021

Bendigo Regional Archives Centre turns five!

Monday 23 June – Thursday 26 June

The Bendigo Regional Archives Centre is turning five and to celebrate, you’re invited to attend a week of special talks, workshops and exciting behind the scenes tours from Monday 23 June - Thursday 26 June.

Visit the Bendigo Regional Archives website for more information or to book:

Numbers are limited so make sure you get in quick!

Image: volumes at the Bendigo Regional Archives Centre

Sir Rupert Hamer Awards - winners announced

On 22nd May 2014, Public Record Office Victoria Director and Keeper of Public Records Justine Heazlewood presented the Sir Rupert Hamer Records Management Awards at Queens Hall, Parliament House.

The Sir Rupert Hamer Awards recognise excellence and innovation in records management within the Victorian Public Sector. The Awards seek to highlight the importance of good recordkeeping in ensuring the accountability of governments and the efficient operation of public administration in the state of Victoria.

Click here for more information and for a full list of winners.

image: Sir Rupert Hamer Award winners

Victorian Community History Awards

Submit your application today!

We are seeking entries from history enthusiasts who have completed a project relating to our State’s extraordinary past between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2014.

Categories include:
Overall prize - Victorian Community History Award ($5000)
History Publication Award ($2000)
Local History – Small Publication Award ($1500)
Local History Project Award ($2000)
Young Historians Award ($500)
Collaborative Community History Award ($2000)
Multimedia History Award ($2000)
Historical Interpretation Award ($2000)
Winners of the Victorian Community History Awards will be announced in a special ceremony during History Week in October 2014.
For further information or to apply, visit

image: VPRS 12800/P1, H5358

Local History Grants Recipients Announced

Local grants help Victorians make history


Minister for the Arts, Heidi Victoria MP has announced that sixty-three Victorian community groups will undertake important local history projects this year thanks to more than $350,000 in grants through the Victorian Government’s Local History Grants program.
The grants will support a range of projects that document Victoria’s history including book publishing, recording oral histories, digitising collections, websites and apps, microfilming, training and education, heritage trails, exhibitions, catalogues and historical collection preservation.

Click here or more information or to view a full list of grant recipients.

Image: VPRS 12903 P1, Box 547 7-03 (detail)

Making Public Histories Seminar Series


The History Council of Victoria in partnership with the State Library of Victoria and the Institute of Public History is offering a series of free seminars as part of their Making Public Histories Seminar Series.

Thursday 12 June 2014
The therapeutic imagination and public history: Reflections on trauma and memory

Dr Sean Field, University of Cape Town and former Director of the Centre for Popular Memory
Professor Susannah Radstone, University of South Australia.

Click here for more information or to book via the State Library of Victoria website

Image: State Library of Victoria, Australian soldiers giving radio interviews, Korea ca. 1953

What's On in June - July?

Visit the Victorian Archives Centre this Winter

9 Jun
Closed for Queens Birthday

14 Jun
Victorian Archives Centre – Saturday opening
18 Jun
Tour of the Archives
Reading 19th Century Handwriting
28 Jun
Victorian Archives Centre – Saturday opening

12 Jul
Victorian Archives Centre – Saturday opening
26 Jul
Victorian Archives Centre – Saturday opening

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