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Issue #5/2014
May 2014

Public Record Office Despatch

DIG THE ARCHIVES: Victorian Archives Centre Open Day
Saturday 17 May, 10am - 4pm























Image: VPRS 12903 P1, BOX 444-09

FREE ENTRY
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL
The Dig the Archives Open Day is a chance for you to attend a series of informative talks on history research in the digital age, property and family history research and true crime. We are also offering you the rare chance to learn to care for your own collection with the help of a professional conservator. These sessions are proving to be very popular so book your spot now to avoid disappointment.

Dig our Collection
Dig Digitisation with Ancestry.com.au
Archives of Intrigue
Caring for Your Collection
BYO Treasures

Who’s Been Sleeping in Your House?

Dig the Archives will also feature a series of guided behind the scenes tours through our huge repository where you will uncover Treasures of the Archives.

Visit prov.vic.gov.au/dig-the-archives to make your booking.
 
The Dig the Archives Open Day is on Saturday 17 May, 10am-4pm at the Victorian Archives Centre, 99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne.

walata tyamateetj the exhibition

17 May - 31 July 2014

A unique exhibition of Aboriginal records dating from early settlement of Victoria in the mid-1800s through to the 1960s will be on display at the Victorian Archives Centre Gallery from 17 May.
 
The exhibition, titled walata tyamateetj meaning to ‘carry knowledge’, will feature a fascinating selection of records including petitions, hand drawn maps, photographs, letters, official documents and manuscripts drawn from the collection of Public Record Office Victoria.

For further information on the exhibition or the free publication walata tyamateetj: A guide to government records about Aboriginal people in Victoria visit prov.vic.gov.au/publications/walata-tyamateetj

Image: VPRS1694/ P0, unit 11, May-June 1931, petition

Sailing into Melbourne at the Old Treasury Building

2 June 2014 - 15 February 2015


Image: VPRS3863/P2, unit 4, item 78021
This winter, the Old Treasury Building will feature an impressive display of nautical history highlighting the extraordinary past of Melbourne’s famous port.
 
Sailing into Melbourne will showcase major records from the collection of Public Record Office Victoria, covering grim stories of quarantine, devastating shipwrecks and grand voyages from Europe to Australia carrying large amounts of gold.

On display at the Old Treasury Building from 2 June 2014 to 15 February 2015. Entry is free. For further information visit prov.vic.gov.au.

The Establishment of a Township at Yallourn

Records of the State Electricity Commission of Victoria
Records of the State Electricity Company of Victoria - See more at: http://prov.vic.gov.au/?page_id=589#sthash.pubub8EE.dpufRecords of the State Electricity Company of Victoria - See more at: http://prov.vic.gov.au/?page_id=589#sthash.pubub8EE.dpufREci

Image: VPRS 15785 P3 Unit 2 – Statue of John Monash, with Yallourn Theatre in the background 1947

Public Record Office Victoria holds a significant collection of records created by the State Electricity Commission of Victoria (S.E.C) dating from its inception in 1919 up until it was disbanded and its responsibilities dispersed in 1994.

Staff member Georgia Harris did some digging into these records and uncovered the fascinating story of the township of Yallourn, a town built by they State Electricity Commission to house Yallourn Power Station employees and their families.

Read about Georgia’s discovery here.

What's On in May and June?

2 May
Tour of the Archives
Introduction to PROV Online Catalogue
 
5 May
Records Management Network Meeting
Journey Through the Archives
 
10 May
Victorian Archives Centre – Saturday opening

15 May
Tour of the Archives
Researching Education Records
 
16 May
Journey Through the Archives
 
17 May
Dig the Archives

22 May
Sir Rupert Hamer Awards

 
3 Jun
Tour of the Archives
Introduction to PROV Online Catalogue


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


 

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