September 2016

Wild Colonial Boys coming soon to Old Treasury Building

Colonial 'Robin Hoods' or murderous thugs? You decide!

From the 19th of September, a new exhibition at the Old Treasury Building will reveal the long history of bushranging in Victoria. 

Wild Colonial Boys features records from our archives as well as other intriguing artifacts on loan from across Victoria, including Mad Dan Morgan’s death mask and Dan Kelly’s armour. And it asks us to think about how we see the bushrangers today. Were they indeed nineteenth century ‘Robin Hoods’ – or just common criminals?

Learn more...

Are you going to the Royal Melbourne Show? We'll be there!

Visit our 'Search for a Soldier Settler' booth

The 2016 Royal Melbourne Show will be held between Saturday 17 and Tuesday 27 September at Melbourne Showgrounds.

This year we will be bringing a traveling version of our Soldier On exhibition to the Show. Our 'Search for a Soldier Settler' booth will be set up in the Emporium where our staff will be on hand to answer questions and help visitors find the records of their soldier settler ancestors via the website. We hope to see you there!

Of course you can also pat, cuddle and feed thousands of animals or watch the prestigious blue ribbon competitions, take your taste buds on tour with award-winning food and drink, watch live performances, and try out some exciting new rides. The Royal Melbourne Show is open daily from 10am - 9pm. 

For more information about the Royal Melbourne Show visit

'Dead and Buried' launches 29 September 

Tune into a new podcast about Melbourne's history

Dead and Buried is an upcoming podcast about Melbourne history. From the origins of the world’s first celebrity preacher to tales of colonial cross-dressing and the tragic story of circus sweethearts ripped apart by a brutal murder.

This new podcast features interviews with witnesses to events and descendants of people profiled. It engages with historians, other experts and Melbourne creatives. And it's been created by our friends Carly Godden and Lee Hooper who developed the series as a way to share the stories they discovered while working here at Public Record Office Victoria and Born and Bred Historical Research.

The first episode - titled "Fortune Killer" featuring the story of Madam Zingalee (pictured) - will go live on 29 September 2016. Published biweekly, it will be available for download on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher and all good podcasting platforms. For regular updates follow Dead and Buried on social media:

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New website coming soon

The moment we've all been waiting for has almost arrived...

A new website is coming soon to provide you with a faster search and simple navigation making finding what you're looking for a lot easier. 

You'll also be able to search directly through topic pages making our most popular collections much easier to access. 

A test (beta) version of the new site will be available later this month for everyone to have a look at and provide us with any feedback. The test site will run alongside our existing website until November.

We'll send out a separate update about the launch of the new site in the coming weeks so stay tuned! 

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

Sunday to Friday 10am-4pm (From 19 September)
'Wild Colonial Boys: Bushrangers in Victoria'
Old Treasury Building
Melbourne, Spring Street


Provide Feedback on our services
Monday 5 Sept 11am-12pm
Tour of the Archives
Victorian Archives Centre 
North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street

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

Saturday 17-27 Sept 10am-7.30pm
'Search for a Soldier Settler'
Royal Melbourne Show
Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale

Saturday 24 Sept 10am-4.30pm
Victorian Archives Centre Reading Room
North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
Open Saturday


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