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Issue #59
May 2012

Public Record Office Despatch

Ravelling the World

Upcoming crafts exhibition at the Victorian Archives Centre

'Mosaic gum nuts, flowers and leaves'.
In celebration of the International year of Forests in 2011, the Country Women’s Association of Victoria (CWA) developed a travelling display, titled Ravelling the World,  that interprets the environment through the medium of handcrafts.

The exhibition features what the CWA does best, producing exquisite mosaics, embroidery, crochet, needle lace work and cross-stitch. The women involved in the exhibition honed their skills to deliver works which depict the leaves, buds, fruit and flowers of several eucalyptus species found in the Victorian landscape. Working with the guidance of the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), they were able to produce their work with scientific accuracy.

To complement the display PROV will feature from its collection records themed around conservation, forests and land over the last century.

Ravelling the World was developed in response to the Re- science ‘crafting inspiring science events for Victorians’ initiative. It will be on display at the Victorian Archives Centre from 4 May to 4 June 2012 before travelling to various locations around Victoria. For further information on the exhibition, click here.


We saw the Queen!

She's on Her way!

As a salute to Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee, PROV will display a special exhibition showcasing a range of records based on Her Majesty’s visits to Victoria.

We Saw the Queen features photographs, documents, objects and paraphernalia from the PROV collection which reflect the changes in attitudes, excitement and displays of celebration through Her 60 year reign.

Some highlights of the exhibition are the unique scrapbook Maribyrnong Primary School students created following a visit from the Queen in 1980, a series of menus of Her favourite dishes, and a letter of procedures written for government officials noting how to greet the Queen, what spirits, wine and tobacco are to be arranged, and when the Queen is to drink her coffee!

We saw the Queen will be on display at the Victorian Archives Centre from 12 June to 21 December 2012. For further information and to view opening hours visit the PROV website.  Entry is free.


Get searching through our new Research page

Navigating the PROV collection has become easier

To make searching through the PROV collection a little easier,  we have developed a new Research page accessible from our website.

The Research page is laid out in an easy-to-use format where new and experienced researchers alike can quickly navigate the page to access the topic they want to research.



Try the new research page today to find records and information on family history, trams and trains, ships and shipping, historical images and much, much more!
To visit the Research page on the PROV website, go to http://prov.vic.gov.au/research

New step for Footprints

Popular publication is now an e-book

Cover image: Footprints: The Journey of Lucy and Percy Pepper
One of our most popular exhibitions and publications to date, Footprints: The Journey of Lucy and Percy Pepper is being published as an e-book. And you, as our loyal reader, are the first to hear about this new exciting adventure for PROV Publishing.

Footprints: The Journey of Lucy and Percy Pepper is a remarkable story about the strength of family in the face of adversity. It traces the history of the Pepper family through public archival records from the National Archives of Australia and PROV collections along with photographs and letters from private collections.

Footprints is a valuable resource for Aboriginal people who want to find archival records. In addition, anyone interested in Aboriginal policy in early twentieth-century Victoria can gain insights on the effects of past legislation and practices on individuals and families.

The Footprints: the journey of Lucy and Percy Pepper e-book will be available from the PROV website for just $9.95 from late May.


1956 Melbourne Olympics limited edition puzzles up for grabs!

Despatch readers competition

Ron Clarke carrying Olympic Torch on lap of Melbourne Cricket Ground Opening Ceremony
VPRS 10742, P0, A57
In the lead up to the 2012 Olympic Games, PROV is offering Despatch readers a chance to win a piece of Olympics paraphernalia.

We are giving away puzzles featuring an image from the PROV collection of Ron Clarke with the Olympic torch from the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.

For your chance to win one of three puzzles, all you have to do is like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/PublicRecordOfficeVictoria and comment on your favourite sporting moment from any of the Olympic Games.

Winners will be notified via Facebook.


May events

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

11am Friday 4 May
Introduction to our catalogue
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

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

Saturday 12 May
Victorian Archives Centre opening
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne


Thursday 17 May
Learning about education records
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

11am Friday 25 May
Free tour of the archives
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

Saturday 26 May
Victorian Archives Centre opening
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

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