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Issue #3/2014
April 2014

Public Record Office Despatch

DIG THE ARCHIVES: Victorian Archives Centre Open Day

Saturday 17 May 2014

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You are invited to Dig the Archives at the Victorian Archives Centre.

Dig the Archives will feature a series of guided tours through the huge repository containing almost 100kms of historical records, where you will uncover rare treasures hidden within the archives. Tour highlights include records exposing our criminal past, to rarely seen historical photographs, beautiful maps and drawings and some of Victoria’s most important petitions.
A series of informative talks will give you the opportunity to pick up tips from Adam Ford of ABC’s popular program Who’s Been Sleeping in My House? on researching your property or if you’re a true crime buff, author Russell Robinson will be take visitors through infamous crimes and trials in the archives.
For those wondering what to do with their own private collections of photographs and records, a series of information sessions on preservation and care will provide an overview to ensure your family treasures are protected for years to come.
The Dig the Archives Open Day will be held on Saturday 17 May, 10am-4pm at the Victorian Archives Centre, 99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne.

Entry is free, bookings are essential.
Visit to view the full program and book your spot.

Launch: walata tyamateetj: a guide to government records about Aboriginal people in Victoria

walata tyamateetj is an important guide to assist researchers with finding government archival records about Aboriginal people in Victoria.

Produced by Public Record Office Victoria with the National Archives of Australia, the guide highlights the wide range of records available in our collections for Aboriginal Victorians researching their family and country, as well as researchers interested in the history of Aboriginal affairs in Victoria.

walata tyamateetj, meaning to ‘carry knowledge’ in the Gunditjmara language of western Victoria, is an invaluable starting place to connect with Victoria’s Aboriginal history, people, places and the collections.

You can order the guide for free here from 8 April.


Enter the Victorian Community History Awards 2014 now!

Entries close 5pm Friday 1 August 2014

Award categories:
Victorian Community History Award ($5000)
History Publication Award ($2000)
Local History – Small Publication Award ($1500)
Local History Project Award ($2000)
Young Historians Award ($500)
Collaborative Community History Award ($2000)
Multimedia History Award ($2000)
Historical Interpretation Award ($2000)
We are seeking entries from history enthusiasts who have completed a project relating to our State’s extraordinary past between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2014.
The Victorian Community History Awards recognise excellence in historic method. The range of award categories acknowledges that history can be told in a variety of formats with the aim of reaching and enriching Victorians.
Winners of the Victorian Community History Awards will be announced in a special ceremony during History Week in October 2014.
For further information or to apply, visit
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Entertaining for decades: The Dux Picture Theatre, Albert Park and The Block

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Channel Nine's The Block is one of Australia’s most popular television shows and this season, work has just been completed on the Dux Picture Theatre, located at 47 O’Grady Street, Albert Park.
While the property was in the throes of being converted into four three-bedroom, three bathroom, loft-style apartments, PROV staff member Phoebe Wilkens decided to research the archives and delve into the history of this historic building.

Phoebe’s research uncovered the rather pious beginnings of this grand dame of theatre. Click here to read about Phoebe's discovery.
Dux Picture Theatre Public Building File: VPRS 7882/P1/222 1159-1168 - See more at:

Battle to Farm: WWI Soldier Settlement records in Victoria
Volunteers wanted!

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We are seeking volunteers to work on a major project in the lead up to the ANZAC centenary in 2015.
Soldier Settlement schemes were one way in which the Australian community supported the soldiers returning home from the First World War. Around 18% of the 60,000 returned soldiers to Victoria leased a settlement block making it a significant part of the post-war experience.
Public Record Office Victoria in collaboration with the National Archives of Australia (Victorian office) are creating a website which will feature a searchable name database identifying approximately 11,000 discharged soldiers who took up land under the soldier settlement scheme through records from the collection.
Volunteers will be required to undertake research to uncover records relating to soldier settlement as well as enter details into a database and digitise records.
We are seeking to add to this database by including stories and documents from the community about life on the soldier settlement blocks.
The website will be launched by April 2015.
If you wish to contribute your time to the project or share your knowledge of a particular settler or settlement block, please contact


Pin PROV on Pinterest!

We now have a Pinterest account where you can view collections of some of the most quirky, beautiful and interesting images from our huge collection of archival photography.
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What's On in April - May?

1 Apr
Volunteer at Public Record Office Victoria – Information Session
2 Apr
Tour of the Archives
Intro to PROV Online Catalogue

11 Apr
Nominations for the Sir Rupert Hamer Awards close
12 Apr
Victorian Archives Centre – Saturday opening
14 Apr
Tour of the Archives
Digging Deeper
18 Apr
Closed for Good Friday
21 Apr
Closed for Easter Monday

23 Apr
Journey Through the Archives

25 Apr
Closed for ANZAC Day

26 Apr
Victorian Archives Centre – Saturday opening
Journey Through the Archives

30 Apr
Journey Through the Archives

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


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