June 2016

2016 Victorian Community History Awards

Entries are now open

The Victorian Community History Awards are proudly presented by Public Record Office Victoria and the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.

The Awards celebrate the people involved in community history projects who are dedicated to telling local stories which help all Victorians to better understand their past. 

Entries open 1 June 2016 and close 2pm Friday 29 July 2016.
The Awards Ceremony will be held on the 17th of October at the Arts Centre Melbourne. 

State Archives on display at City Gallery

Discover our 'Landmark' collection

Spaceships on rooftops, a hand-shaped building and an ornamental lake with British Isles-shaped islands are among the unrealised plans for Melbourne that feature in a new City Gallery exhibition.

Featuring records from our ‘Landmark’ collection, ‚ÄčA History of the Future: Imagining Melbourne includes building plans, underground roads and public art projects proposed by city planners, architects, artists and writers over the last 180 years.

Learn more...

Ballarat in 1916

An archival snapshot from the Ballarat Archives Centre

The world was in its second year of war in 1916. Despite all the upheaval it was still very much business as usual in Ballarat and everyday events of life in a vibrant community still went on regardless. Services still had to be provided, laws maintained and the future and wellbeing of the community considered.

The following selection of records are part of the Ballarat Archives Centre collection, and are drawn from inward and outward correspondence, mayoral reports and minutes of the City of Ballarat and the Town of Ballarat East. They give a view of some aspects of the life and times in Ballarat in 1916.


Crime Writing in the Archives

Watch the panel online!

Are you a true crime fan? Would you love to write a true crime of your own? Last Friday night we ran a panel discussion featuring crime writers and researchers who've used either the state archives or Ancestry.com.au to discover crimes of Victoria's past.

To listen to the fantastic discussion, visit our Facebook page and scroll down to our June 3rd posts where you'll find two streaming videos of the entire event. Make sure to turn your volume up all the way to get the best sound.

Discover the Archives: Queenscliff

We're visiting Queenscliff later this month, join us!


On the 29th of June we're visiting Queenscliff with the members of our Public Records Advisory Council. And while we're here we'd love to meet anyone in the area interested in learning more about the archives. 

Our FREE information session will include an introduction to our collection, conservation basics, and digitisation dos and don'ts. 

Our technology issues

A message to all of our researchers, agency colleagues and institutional partners:

Many of you will be aware that in recent months we've been having significant technology issues to the point where, some days, searching our collection has been almost impossible. 

We want to assure you all that we're working on solving these issues.

Click through to our website if you'd like to learn more about what we're doing to create a better web and search environment. 

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
Learn more

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

Connect with us!
Saturday 11 June 10am-4.30pm
Victorian Archives Centre Reading Room
North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
Open Saturday

Friday 24 June 10am-1pm
Writing a Non Boring Memoir
North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
Book now!

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

Wednesday 29 June 10am-12.30pm
Discover the Archives: Queenscliff
Queenscliff Town Hall
Book now!


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