Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser.

Issue #60
June 2012

Public Record Office Despatch

Time to start your history project!

We are now accepting entries for the Victorian Community History Awards

The Victorian Community History Awards recognise the contributions made by Victorians to the preservation of Victoria’s heritage.
Individuals and groups are encouraged to apply in the following categories for 2012:

  • Victoria’s Community History Award;
  • History Publication Award;
  • Local History – Small Publication Award;
  • Local History Project Award;
  • Young Historians Award (15-18 years);
  • Collaborative Community History Award;
  • Multimedia History Award; and
  • Historical Interpretation Award.

Public Record Office Victoria administers the State Government funding for the annual Victorian Community History Awards which are presented by the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.
Entry forms for the 2012 Victorian Community History Awards are available now. Get in quick as entries close Friday 10 August 2012.
For detailed information on all the categories and to download the application form, visit or call 03 9326 9288.

We saw the Queen!

Celebrating Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee

The Queen visits Yallourn, 1954. VPRS 9675/P1 unit 3, item 012
We saw the Queen pays homage to this year’s Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
The exhibition is based around stories, memories and records from the collection of Public Record Office Victoria and private lenders that cover the Queen’s visits to Australia, predominately her 1954 visit which was the first by a reigning monarch.
On display from 12 June, We Saw the Queen features photographs, documents, objects and paraphernalia covering Her Majesty’s 60 year reign. For further information and to view opening hours visit Entry is free.

Latest grants to help Victorians make history

Local History Grants Program winners announced

Fifty-eight Victorian community groups will undertake important local history projects this year thanks to more than $340,000 in grants through the Victorian Government’s Local History Grants program.
The program, which is open to community groups across the state, recognises and celebrates the valuable contribution made by volunteers to preserving our history and heritage.

Projects receiving grants this cycle included digitising surviving copies of Chinese newspapers that were printed in Ballarat in the 1850s, the recording of oral histories of Aboriginal leaders across Victoria, and a history of Aboriginal affairs in Victoria from the 1970s to the present.
The Local History Grants program is managed by Public Record Office Victoria. A full list of grant recipients is available at

Sir Rupert Hamer Awards

Celebrating excellence and innovation in Records Management

Sir Ruper Hamer reading to children
The recordkeeping industry’s night of nights has recognised extraordinary and innovative talent amongst records management in the public and community sectors for the Sir Rupert Hamer Records Management Awards.
Named after former Victorian Premier and public records advocate, Sir Rupert Hamer, the awards have been offered by the Public Records Advisory Council (PRAC) and Public Record Office Victoria since 1998.

The annual event showcased a number of projects highlighting the importance of good recordkeeping as well as the passion behind preserving records of the state’s history for the benefit of future generations.
View the full list of winners and find out more about the Sir Rupert Hamer Awards and recordkeeping practices by visiting

Black Screen Film Program

NAIDOC Week 2012

The Koorie Records Unit has organised a special program of Indigenous films for NAIDOC Week, 2–6 July 2012. The films have been sourced from the National Film and Sound Archive’s Black Screen Program, and include short and feature films from Australia’s talented Indigenous film makers and actors.

Screenings will be held at the Victorian Archives Centre from 12noon to 2.00pm each day during NAIDOC Week, Monday 2 to Friday 6 July. BYO lunch or grab something to eat from Café 99, our onsite café, and enjoy! Bookings are not required.

Full details of film screenings are available from our website.

Despatch readers competition - June

Heaps of PROV goodies up for grabs!

This month, we are giving away prize packs which include goodies such as magnets, badges and more to the first three people to tell us about their favourite topics of research at Public Record Office Victoria.
For your chance to win one of three prize packs, ‘like’ us on Facebook at and comment on your topics of research at Public Record Office Victoria. It’s as simple as that!
Winners will be notified through Facebook.

June and July events

What's on at the Victorian Archives Centre and around Victoria

June events

10am Saturday 9 June
Introduction  to our catalogue
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

Saturday 9 June
Victorian Archives Centre opening
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

11am Friday 15 June
Free tour of the archives
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

11am Thursday 21 June
Searching Immigration records
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

11am Friday 29 June
Free tour of the archives
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

Saturday 30 June
Victorian Archives Centre opening
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

July events

11am Tuesday 3 July
Tour of the Victorian Archives Centre & Researching Koorie Records
If you have ever wanted to get started with researching records about your Aboriginal family or community, this information seminar is for you. Find out about the kinds of records and services on offer at the Victorian Archives Centre with specialist staff from the Koorie Records Unit.

Bookings are essential. Book yourself online, by emailing or call 9348 5626.

11am Tuesday 17 July
Introduction  to our catalogue
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne
10am to 3.30pm Monday 30 July
Family History Feast at the State Library of Victoria
The Family History Feast showcases free information sessions for family history researchers and is organised jointly by the Public Record Office Victoria, National Archives of Australia (Victorian office), Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, the Immigration Museum, Victorian Association of Family History Organisations and the State Library of Victoria.
Bookings open on 18 June 2012 and can be done via the State Library of Victoria or Public Record Office Victoria websites.

Copyright © 2012
Government of Victoria | Disclaimer | PrivacyAccessibility | Contact Us
to unsubscribe click here

State Government of Victoria