February 2016

Writing History with the Archives

A new seminar series presented in partnership with Ancestry.com.au

We are partnering with Ancestry.com.au over the next six months to bring a series of informative seminars to the Victorian Archives Centre.

Titled 'Writing History with the Archives' the series kicked off last month with a booked out session presented by author Hazel Edwards on 'Writing a Non Boring Family History'. If you missed out on this session be sure to check out Hazel's website for some of her best tips. We're also hoping to have Hazel back again mid year so keep your eyes out for that!

Other upcoming sessions include:

Celebrate International Women's Day at the Archives

Tuesday 8 March 12.30pm to 2.00pm

In June 2014, Victorian women from a variety of backgrounds and professions united with the single aim to establish a Victorian Women's Heritage Centre.

Join members of this committee, including:
  • Judy Maddigan (former Speaker of the Victorian Parliament),
  • Diane Gardiner (former General Manager, Old Treasury Building) and
  • Nikki Henningham (EO, Australian Women's Archives Project)
as Charlie Farrugia (Senior Collections Advisor at Public Record Office Victoria) facilitates a discussion on 'Why Victoria needs a Women's Heritage Centre'.

Archival snapshot

The State Bank ephemera collection

    The State Bank Victoria Archives Ephemera Collection was transferred to Public Record Office Victoria in 1995 and holds many fascinating items dating back as far as 1842.
    With ‘Old Stuff Day’ coming up on the 2nd of March, we thought it an excellent time to take a trip back in time with one of the boxes from this collection – we’ve randomly chosen Unit 248 from the series.

    Take a look…


    Discover #SuburbsofMelbourne & #prisonerrecords

    Follow us on social media

    This year we're excited to share even more records and photos on social media.

    On Facebook and Twitter each Monday we are sharing old photos from around the suburbs of Melbourne (like this photo from Highett Rd, Highett). And once a month we'll be sharing stories from some of our prisoner records. Make sure to follow us on social media to see these records and join in on the discussions!


    National History Challenge

    National Archives' exhibition now showing in the Victorian Archives Centre foyer

    The Apollo 11 landing. The Sydney Olympics. These are just two of the fascinating subjects to explore at the Victorian Archives Centre this month, where the National Archives of Australia is showcasing Victorian students' entries for the 2015 National History Challenge.

    On the theme of Leadership and Legacy, entries run the gamut of world history. Browse the original records related to the events, bring your kids and see them be inspired to enter their own project in 2016.

    Learn more...

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    Upcoming Events

    What's coming up this month?

    Monday to Friday 10am-4.30pm
    NAA 'National History Challenge' 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

    Connect with us!

    Saturday 13 February 10am-4.30pm
    Victorian Archives Centre Reading Room
    North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
    Open Saturday

    Saturday 27 February 10am-4.30pm
    Victorian Archives Centre Reading Room
    North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
    Open Saturday 

    Monday 29 February 11am
    Mining Mental Health Records
    Victorian Archives Centre
    North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
    Bookings required

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