October 2014

Local History Grants Program 2014-2015 now open

Closes 10 November

Is your organisation researching an historic walking trail, producing a website on ghosts or a video guide for the local cheese factory?
The 2014 Local History Grants are now open for submissions from community organisations seeking funds to support preservation or research focused on Victorian local history.
Submissions may include a variety of projects including exhibitions, websites, oral history and/or digitisation projects.

Last year's winners


Free Training Session: Reading 19th Century Handwriting

Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne, Wed 22 October 1-2pm

Is that a J or an F? An S or a D? Cursive writing is beautiful to look at and a fascinating insight into the lives of our forebears, but understanding 19th century handwriting is not easy. Stop tearing your hair out in frustration and come along to this interesting session on the loops and curls of cursive.  By the way, If you love cursive writing we often post interesting handwriting on our facebook wall with a series called Copperplate, so  follow us on facebook!


Free Seminar - Oral History in the Digital Age

Melbourne, Thursday 30 October 6-7.30pm

We're bombarded by personal stories in the digital age. But what are the challenges and opportunities in creating, interpreting and producing digital oral histories?

In this Making Public Histories seminar, US historian Professor Michael Frisch, one of the most influential contributors to international developments in oral and public history, explores this timely topic.He will discuss 20th-century Australian lives and memories and the Australian Generations Oral History Project, as a case study.

Date:      Thursday 30 October
  State Library of Victoria 


Fashion Friday

Calling all Retro Fashion Fans on Fridays

VPRS 12907/P4 428/446
One of the perks of working with photographic archives is enjoying the fashion trends which have moved in and out of vogue.

Every Friday on Facebook we post a new gem from the collection, whether it's shoulder pads or 'too short shorts' we want to hear your memories and secret affection for Australian fashion.

If you haven’t already, like us on Facebook using the button below and keep your eyes peeled for Fashion Friday!


Digitised Childrens Ward Registers 1864-189os Now Available!

Digital Collections Highlight

Files which offer detailed information on children identified as 'wards of the state' during the years 1860s to the 1890s are now available to view online. 

The files can provide terrific information for family researchers such as the child's name, date of birth, native place, religion, cause of commitment,  where they were stationed, licensing out details, details of discharge and general reporting information. 

To search by name use the function 'search within a series'  and use the numbers 4527 after the letters VPRS, and then search by typing in a name.


Upcoming Events

Saturday 11 Oct
Victorian Archives Centre Reading Room
North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
Open Saturday


Wednesday 22 Oct 1-2pm
Training Session:
Reading 19th Century Handwriting

Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne


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