A time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture
NAIDOC stands for 'National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee' which started in the 1920s to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.
NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society. In line with this year's theme "We all stand on sacred ground: learn, respect and celebrate" our Koorie Records Unit will put together a display of historic plans and documents in the Victoria Archives Centre foyer.
You can also download a copy of our guide to Aboriginal records held at PROV, or order a free hard copy here.
Calling for expressions of interest for the Public Records Advisory Council
PROV is advised by the Public Records Advisory Council made up of individuals with skills in:
Genealogy and local history
Finance and business administration.
There are a number of vacancies on the Council and we're seeking expressions of interest from people with experience in these fields.
The Council meets five times a year with appointments made on an honorary, unpaid basis - members are eligible for reimbursement of expenses. If you think you have the skills, experience and passion to be a council member forward your CV (3 pages max) and an accompanying statement as to why you would make a good Council member by Friday 17 July to: Rebecca.firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking beyond the letter with the Ballarat Archives Centre
What you can learn from a letterhead
Letters in our archives are more than just words on a page – the correspondence as well as the images and logos contained in the letterhead provide an illuminating record of the past, whether it be of events, attitudes or the built environment.
This article, from the Ballarat Archives Centre, explores letterheads found in General Correspondence Files from Ballarat.
Many of the letterhead images are in the form of illustrations – however some are actual photographs of buildings that could be valuable for researchers seeking a pictorial record in cases where there may not be any other source available.
Go back in time through a selection of WWI propaganda materials from the archive
100 years ago, 112,000 Victorians enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force, 89,000 served overseas and 19,000 would tragically lose their lives.
The posters of the last recruiting campaign of 1918 can be found in our archival collection in a series from the Town Clerk’s Office of the City of Melbourne. Many of the posters contain violent images to incite anger against the Germans. This is Part 2 of 'The legacy of wartime propaganda' now online at the PROV blog:
"A gardener should use flowers in the same way a painter uses his materials, to obtain proportion, contrast and harmony, in other words to paint a beautiful picture," Millie Grassick as quoted in Anne Vale's 'Exceptional Australian Garden Makers' - the main prize winner of last year's Victorian Community History Awards.
Entries for the 2015 Awards are now open including two new categories: