May 2106

Read all the latest news from the Koorie Records Unit

About the Koorie Records Unit
The Koorie Records Unit (KRU) promotes awareness about records relating to Aboriginal people held by Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) and the National Archives of Australia (NAA) and aims to improve access to these records for the wider Aboriginal community.

Calling for Expressions of Interest

Public Records Advisory Council - Indigenous Heritage

Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) is advised by a group called the Public Records Advisory Council (PRAC) appointed by the Special Minister of State. The role of PRAC is to advise the Minister on matters associated with The Public Records Act 1973 and to provide a reference group for PROV.

The Council currently has a vacancy in the field of Indigenous Heritage. We're seeking someone with extensive knowledge and experience in the management of records or cultural collections relating to Aboriginal people, and the role of archives in working with Aboriginal communities to preserve and promote awareness of Aboriginal history and culture. Priority consideration will be given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.

The Council meets five times a year. These appointments are on an honorary, unpaid basis, with members eligible for reimbursement of expenses such as those related to travel to and from meetings. Interested? Forward your CV (maximum of three pages) and an accompanying statement of how you could contribute to the Council to:

Rebecca Young, PRAC Secretary or 03 9348 5673

Applications close 8 July 2016


Letters to La Trobe (1839-51) now online

Discover Victoria's early history through these fascinating letters


Delicate hand written 19th century letters sent to Charles Joseph La Trobe are now available online for the very first time, providing a snapshot into the early years of the Victorian Colony.

It took 18 passionate volunteers, from both PROV and the La Trobe Society, six years to digitise the 170 year old documents. 

Amongst the letters to La Trobe are reports about Aboriginal people from the assistant protectors, the Commandment of Native Police, magistrates and the correspondence of individual settlers. 

To research the letters, search through series VPRS 19 of the PROV catalogue here.

Community Resilience Grants

Department of Premier and Cabinet

The Victorian Government’s Community Resilience Grants are now open.

There is $600,000 available under these grants to fund projects which aim to achieve one of the following objectives:

  • support and work with communities and young people to develop collaborative approaches to building resilience to hate and violent extremist narratives; and
  • support and work with communities and young people at risk of violent extremism to develop their confidence and skills to advocate for their concerns and grievances through peaceful, democratic means.

Community, not-for-profit and community peak body organisations can apply for these grants.

Applications close 11:59pm Sunday 15 May 2016. All applications must be submitted online.


In other news: A Place To Call Home?

A new exhibition is now showing at the Victorian Archives Centre

From May until September 2016, the National Archives of Australia will be showing their exhibition A Place To Call Home? Migrant Hostel Memories here at the Victorian Archives Centre. 

After World War II, with hundreds of thousands of new arrivals, housing was at a premium. Former army and air force camps were converted into hostels to provide temporary accommodation while immigrants found homes and jobs. Snakes in the laundry, dreary meals of mutton and a British reluctance to shower are just some of the memories post-war immigrants have shared in this exhibition.

Upcoming Events

What's coming up this month?

Monday to Friday 10am-4.30pm
NAA 'A Place to Call Home' exhibit
Victorian Archives Centre Foyer
North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
Learn more

Sunday to Friday 10am-4pm
'Soldier On: WW1 Soldier Settler Stories'
Old Treasury Building
Melbourne, Spring Street

Connect with us!
Saturday 14 May 10am-4.30pm
Victorian Archives Centre Reading Room
North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
Open Saturday

Saturday 28 May 10am-4.30pm
Victorian Archives Centre Reading Room
North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
Open Saturday

Friday 3 June 6.30pm-8pm
Crime Writing Panel
North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
Book now! 

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