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Issue #2
September 2011

POD News - Places of Deposit Newsletter


September Issue of POD NEWS

It has been a busy few months here at the Public Record Office Victoria. Not only have we been conducting our Just Digitise It workshops across the state - Hamilton, Ballarat, Traralgon, Melbourne and Mildura - but we have also been visiting potential new Places of Deposits.
One of my favourite aspects of doing these visits is meeting the volunteers. This is usually over tea as volunteers break from activities as diverse as indexing, sorting, researching, digitising and writing.
Thanks to all the volunteers who have shared your time and knowledge with me about your collections and local history over the last few months.

Participants at Just Digitise It, Mildura

Funding Opportunities

Open for application

The Local History Grants Program provides grants of up to $12,000 to community organisations to support the cost of any project that preserves, records or publishes Victorian local history.
The program is administered by Public Record Office Victoria and will distribute $350,000 to projects in the 2011-12 financial year. 
Applications close on Friday 11 November 2011. 

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal is running a small grants program for small rural Australian communities. Grants will be made in amounts up to $5,000. Applications close 30 September.

Manangatang Improvement Group Inc received $8,500 in 2009-2010 round of the Local History Grants Program to publish a history of their town

What's on

Workshops, events, training, conferences, exhibitions

Bendigo Art Gallery: White Wedding Dress exhibition –  August - November

Cultural Development Network: Culture: A New Way of Thinking for Local Government, Melbourne Town Hall, Tuesday 4 October, 9-4pm

International Museum Theatre Alliance Asia Pacific (IMTALAP):  Access all Areas, Sunday 16 October to Thursday 20 October

Murtoa Stick Shed will be open Sunday 2 October as part of the Murtoa Big Weekend

Public Record Office Victoria: Digging Deeper – advanced researcher information session, Victorian Archives Centre, Thursday 27 October, 11-2:30pm

Public Record Office Victoria: Caring for your Photos and Documents, Ballarat Archives Centre, Wednesday 19 October, 11-12:30pm

Public Record Office Victoria: Introduction to Public Record Office Victoria, Ballarat Archives Centre, Wednesday 9 November, 10:30-12pm
State Library Victoria: Family history research with maps, Tuesday 11 October, 2-3pm

State Library Victoria: Talking about Australian Generations: Making Oral History, Melbourne, Thursday 6 October, 5.30-7pm
State Library Victoria: Why is history important? Twenty years of professional historians, Melbourne, Thursday 10 November, 5.30 -7pm

Volunteering Victoria: Workshop Series 2011 - Standards and best practice frameworks - 19 October, Governance as organisational development - 19 October, Recruitment and retention of volunteers - 23 November, Induction and orientation of volunteers - 23 November

The Wangaratta Historical Society will be holding the Dr George Mackay Oration for 2011 featuring Mike Taylor AO speaking on 'Population Water and Food Security the challenge for the 21st Century' at the Goulburn Murray TAFE auditorium Docker Street Campus on Friday 14 October 2011 at 8pm. Supper is provided and the evening is free. Enquiries to

Other News

From around the traps

The Victorian Department of Planning and Community Development has a new Virtual Museum for material relating to our war veterans.
A group of Maldon Museum volunteers meet once a month to clean grubby fingerprints from their glass cabinets – their name -  ‘Nannatechnology Inc’.
150th Anniversary of Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Maldon. Celebrations for this beautiful building have been organised for October and November 2011.

The Ballarat Archives Centre have put together a new PROV Wiki page on Chinese Language Records. The PROV Wiki can be edited by the public and is a great resource for researchers.

Location Unknown
^ The Goldfields Historical & Arts Society at Dunolly are seeking the location of this house. The photograph is labelled only as ‘Granny Easton’s House’. If you have any ideas, contact John Tully at the society:

Archeological Dig of Chaffey Remnants at Werribee

By Lance Pritchard, Werribee District Historical Society Inc

It was Saturday 16 July 2011, with a heavy frost, and a temperature of minus 1º C and with permission from Heritage Victoria and Wyndham Council, members of the Werribee District Historical Society and the Werribee River Association headed out into the crisp morning air.
Armed with shovels, mattocks and a metal detector, members descended on the site on the bank of the Werribee River where the Chaffey brothers set up their steam driven irrigation pump. The steam driven pump was originally set up in 1889 at a site further up the Werribee River, but due to seepage from the channels and having to fill approximately 3km of channel before the water arrived at the farms to be irrigated, the pump was relocated to this, the second site, by the summer of 1891.
It wasn’t long before a 3m section of the delivery pipe was exposed and traced with the metal detector for a further 20m.
The whole irrigation scheme was doomed to fail, as a dam that was proposed to be built across the river, from which water for the Irrigation Colony was to be pumped, was never constructed.

The Werribee District Historical Society’s Museum is located on the Corner of Watton Street and Duncans Road, Werribee. The museum is open Tuesdays 10am-3pm and Saturdays 10am-1pm, or by appointment. Ph 9749 2713.

The Society has used a fascinating selection of sources to research the Werribee Irrigation Scheme from Council Minute Books to the Royal Commission on Water Supply - Minutes of Evidence. Contact the Society for more information:
Werribbee Pipe
The pipe was 0.5m (20 inches) in diameter and manufactured from what was probably originally 16 gauge flat steel sheet, rolled with riveted and soldered joints.

Werribbee Steel
What appeared to be a sheet of steel was also excavated to confirm that it also was part of the delivery pipe but had been crushed flat. 

Available for PODs

Monitors and Gazettes & Other non-public record papers


Great news - the Public Record Office has 13 spare second-hand monitors to give away to Places of Deposits, these include:

9 x IBM Thinkvision 17" height adjustable monitors circa 2004
4 x Philips 170B4 17" height adjustable monitors circa 2004

The monitors all come with a VGA cable and new power cord, and are available to picked up from the Victorian Archives Centre in North Melbourne.

At this stage, we are placing a limit of one monitor per Place of Deposit.

If you are a Place of Deposit AND able to pick them up from North Melbourne, please email with subject heading 'Request for Monitor'. The monitors will go to the first thirteen PODs to email their request to the Community Programs address. Good luck!
Gazettes and papers - pick up great FREE resources

The  Ballarat Archives Centre are giving away government gazettes, parliamentary papers, police gazettes, commonwealth papers and more.

Please note that these are NOT public records, but would all make excellent resources for researchers for your organisations.

If you are a Place of Deposit that is interested in these papers, please email with subject heading 'Request for Gazettes and Papers' to make an appointment to visit the Ballarat Archives Centre. Appointments can be scheduled for a Monday or Tuesday between 10am and 4pm.

Please note that some of these volumes are heavy, please bring a long a couple of people or a trolley. As with the monitors, these are pick-up only.

Don't miss out on this great opportunity!

Opening of the Beechworth Archive Centre

And Celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Beechworth Historic Precinct Opening

The new  Beechworth Archives Centre will be officially opened on 8 October and will contain many of the more regularly accessed records formerly accessed at the Burke Museum.  Public records within the collection will be made will also be made available to researchers at the Centre.  

From 10 October 2011, family research will be avaialble within the new Centre located in the former Chinese Protectors Office. The Archive wil be open to the public every Monday Morning from 10am to 12.30pm and Friday afternoon from 3pm to 6pm. Other times will be by appointmnet only and subject to staff or volunteer availability.

Beechworth Courthouse
Beechworth Historical Court House

Kyneton Historical Society Celebrates 60 Years

By Larina Strauch, Kyneton Historical Society

The Kyneton Historical Society will be holding a special afternoon tea at the Kyneton Museum, 67 Piper Street, Kyneton on Sunday 9 October from 1pm until 3pm to celebrate its 60th, Diamond Jubilee having formed in 1951.
The Mayor will open proceedings and guest speaker will be Prof Weston Bate, noted historian.
Cutting of cake, unveiling designs of the 'Steps Through Time' pavers for the community park as part of the 175th Victoria grants. Entertainment by Marcie Jones and also Marton McKenna. Jubilee guest book and much more. RSVP to Larina by 3 October on or 0418 545 648.
Anyone who has stories or connections to the area are asked to contact us. The society is one of the earlier groups to form and is the oldest in the Macedon Ranges Shire.

Thank you

For contributing to POD NEWS

Val Gleeson OAM, Wangaratta Historical Society
Lance Pritchard, Werribee District Historical Society Inc.
Larina Strauch, Kyneton Historical Society
Pam Weller, Ballarat Archives Centre
Tom Woolman, Maldon District Museum Working Group

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