July 2015

Carnage at the Melbourne Zoo:

Jerboa savaged by short-haired flying squirrel...

So might go the headline among the inhabitants of the Melbourne Zoological Gardens in November 1899.

In this month's archival snapshot, we delve into the records of the Melbourne Zoo and discover the fate of animals that inhabited the gardens more than a hundred years ago.

From the Tasmanian wolf to Queenie the famous elephant - there are countless stories amongst the pages of the zoo's records, held here at PROV.

Read the July Archival Snapshot...

Discover more:


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.

Do you think you have what it takes?

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:
  • Historical research
  • Records management
  • Genealogy and local history
  • Public administration
  • 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.young@prov.vic.gov.au

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.


    The legacy of wartime propaganda - Part 2

    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:


    New archives transfer

    Historic mine and infrastructure plans

    More than sixty years of mining and infrastructure plans have been transferred to the archives. These records are now on open access and located at the Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne.

    This series is a collection of physical plans and drawings from mines and infrastructure projects undertaken by the Mines Department and its successors between 1925 and 1989.


    Victorian Community History Awards

    Entries now open...

    "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:
    • Centenary of WW1 Award
    • Peer-Reviewed History Article Award.

    FREE Training & Other Upcoming Events

    What's coming up this month?

    Monday to Friday 10am-4.30pm
    Free exhibition: 'Transporting Art'
    Victorian Archives Centre Foyer
    North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street

    Monday 6 July to Friday 10 July
    NAIDOC Week display
    Victorian Archives Centre Foyer
    North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street

    Saturday 11 July 10am-4.30pm
    Victorian Archives Centre Reading Room
    North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
    Open Saturday

    Saturday 25 July 10am-4.30pm
    Victorian Archives Centre Reading Room
    North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
    Open Saturday

    Saturday 25 July 10am-4.30pm
    Open House Melbourne
    Victorian Archives Centre
    North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street


    Connect with us!

    Monday 13 July 11am
    Curator Tour with Kate Luciano
    Old Treasury Building
    Melbourne, Spring Street

    Tuesday 14 July 11-12pm
    School Days Floor Talk:
    'Punishment' with R. Mearns

    Old Treasury Building
    Melbourne, Spring Street

    Tuesday 28 July 11-12pm
    School Days Floor Talk:
    'Schools go to War' with H. Marson

    Old Treasury Building
    Melbourne, Spring Street

    Note: There are no bookings required for the School Days Floor Talks or Curator Tours at Old Treasury Building.

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