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Issue #5
December 2012

POD News - Places of Deposit Newsletter

Your News

Welcome to the latest edition of POD News

December has arrived!  And with it the latest issue of  POD News.

In this issue, you will find details of what is occurring at the Victorian Archives Centre over summer as well as news about grants, awards, conferences and seminars that are coming up this month and in the new year at various locations around Victoria.

We have enjoyed bringing you news and information from Public Record Office Victoria over the last  year and look forward to continuing to do so in future issues of this newsletter.

And finally, with the festive season well and truly upon us, we would like to wish all our PODs a wonderful Christmas and prosperous 2013.

Image: Santa Money Box, VPRS 8936 State Bank Victoria Archives Ephemera Collection

Congratulations Malmsbury Historical Society!

Victorian Community History Awards -  Commendation Recipients

Malmsbury Historical Society caught the attention of the judges in this year’s Victorian Community History Awards with the publication they entered in the ‘Local History – Small Publication Award’ category.
They received a commendation for ‘The Elongated Dog Kennel: the History of the Malmsbury Mechanics’ Institute’ by Susan Walter.
Congratulations to Malmsbury Historical Society, it is great to see our PODs receiving recognition for their hard work!
For a full list of award winning and commended entries, visit our website here.

Image: Malmsbury Historical Society  - Commendation recipient of the Small Publications Award category for 'The Elongated Dog Kennel: the History of the Malmsbury Mechanics’ Institute' by Susan Walter.

Sir Rupert Hamer Awards 2013

Nominations open January

The annual Sir Rupert Hamer Records Management Awards celebrates the practice of good records management.

Presented by the Public Records Advisory Council since 1998, the awards are named after Sir Rupert Hamer, the Premier of Victoria when the Public Records Act was passed in 1973 and when Public Record Office Victoria opened its first office and repository in 1975. Sir Rupert Hamer had an ongoing interest in records management and cultural heritage.

The Award's categories are open to local Community Archives and Victorian government Agencies. Community Archives are encouraged to nominate their projects in either of following two categories:
  • the preservation of records of significance to the local community and the state, and
  • providing enhanced records access to the local community.
The Awards ceremony will be held in May 2013. Click here for further information and to view previous winners.

Image: Sir Rupert Hamer

A new exhibition on trams rattles into the Old Treasury Building

Opens 17 December

A new exhibition opening in December at the Old Treasury Building features one of Melbourne's most famous and loved icons, the tram.

Trams: Moving Pictures brings together historic photographs and footage including a documentary of a cable tram rattling through Melbourne in 1910 alongside memorabilia such as conductors’ bags and uniforms.

A highlight of the exhibition will be a series of images of trams painted by a range of contemporary artists such as Howard Arkley, Mirka Mora, Michael Leunig, Reg Mombassa and others. The Transporting Art Project, funded by the Victorian
Ministry for the Arts and a number of sponsors, featured 36 painted W-class trams painted by the artists between 1978 and 1993.

The majority of works on display are from the collection of Public Record Office Victoria along with a number of loaned items.

Trams: Moving Pictures will be on display at the Old Treasury Building from Monday 17 December to August 2013. Entry is free. For further information and to view opening times, visit

Image: Craig Gough Transporting Art Program (Painted Tram Project) Collection. Public Record Office Victoria.

Grand Visions Centenary of the National Capital Plan

Now on display in the Victorian Archives Centre Gallery

The Victorian Archives Centre Gallery is hosting a fascinating exhibition this summer which celebrates 100 years since the plan for Canberra as Australia’s National Capital was announced.
On tour from Canberra, Grand Visions Centenary of the National Capital Plan features images of the exquisite plans and renderings produced by internationally renowned designers Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin.
Their great achievements in urban planning and landscape architecture are explored in the exhibition which features the Griffin Plan, along with other entries submitted for the national capital.
A selection of records from Public Record Office Victoria collection and other local contributors which explore the Griffin’s architectural connection with Melbourne will also be on display.
Grand Visions is now on display at the Victorian Archives Centre until 5 February 2013. Entry is free.
Presented by the National Capital Authority in partnership with the National Archives of Australia.

Image: Viewers admiring the display at the launch of Grand Visions at the Victorian Archives Centre.

We saw the Queen!

New Public Record Office Victoria touring exhibition

After a successful show at the Victorian Archives Centre Gallery, We saw the Queen has now been developed into a travelling exhibition suitable for display in community group venues, libraries and museums.

We saw the Queen was produced to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. The stories in the exhibition draw from the records in Public Record Office Victoria's collection. Photographs, various documents and correspondence as well as oral histories capture the excitement of  the young monarch's 1954 Royal visit.

There is no cost associated with the loan of We saw the Queen however borrowing organisations are required to organise transport of the exhibition to and from their venues.

Visit our website here to find out more information including exhibition specifications and booking details.

Image: Railway Poster God Save the Queen 1954, VPRS 12800/P7, item Box 670/09

Calendar of Events at the Victorian Archives Centre

Summer 2012 - 2013

Sat 8 December 2012
Saturday Opening
Sat 12 January 2013
Saturday Opening
Wed 16 January
Introduction to the Collection
Thur 31 January
Researching Regional Records

Fri 8 February
Introduction to the Collection
Sat 9 February
Saturday Opening

Wednesday 13 February
In the Street Where you Live

Mon 18 Feb
Researching Property Records
Sat 23 Feb
Saturday Opening

Visit our events calendar here to see a full list of Public Record Office Victoria's events and programs.

Public Record Office Victoria Christmas and New Year closures

Victorian Archives Centre and Ballarat Archives Centre

Please note that the Victorian Archives Centre Reading Room will close end of business on Friday 21 December 2012 and the Ballarat Archives Centre Reading Room will be closed end of business on Tuesday 18 December 2012.
The Victorian Archives Centre will reopen for business as usual on Wednesday 2 January 2013. The Ballarat Archives Centre will reopen for business as usual on Monday 7 January 2013.

Geelong Heritage Centre

Redevelopment news

Residents and visitors to Geelong can look forward to an exciting new $45 million project which will see the redevelopment of the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre into an eye catching, state of the art facility.
The new facility, which will feature cutting edge technology and spaces for interactive learning will be built on the current site of the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre in Johnstone Park.
Designs for the new library and heritage centre are being finalised with construction is expected to commence mid 2013 and be completed by late 2015.
Both the library and heritage centre will continue to operate during the works stage with the Geelong Library temporarily operating out of the State Government offices (located across the road) and the Geelong Heritage Centre at the National Wool Museum from early next year.
The redevelopment is being funded by the City of Greater Geelong ($20 million), the State Government ($15 million) and the Federal Government ($10 million).
For further information visit the Geelong Libraries website here.

Image: Artist's impression of the redeveloped Geelong Library and Heritage Centre.

Victorian Museums and Galleries Conference 2013

Reinventing Museums: Collaborate, Innovate and Transform

Early bird registrations are now open for the next Museums Australia (Victoria) conference which will be held at the National Wool Museum, Geelong on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 April 2013.
Themed ‘Reinventing Museums, Collaborate, Innovate and Transform’ the conference program will explore new ideas and concepts in the museums and galleries sectors.
Keynote speakers and lectures with hands on practical sessions will feature over the two day event.
Visit the Museums Australia (Victoria) website here for further information and details on how to book.

Banner Grants for History Week 2013

Applications now open!

In celebration of History Week 2013 (2-11 August), the Royal Historical Society of Victoria (RHSV) is inviting affiliated historical and heritage groups to apply for the design of a banner to promote and publicise the theme and services of their historical society.

The program has been running since 2008 with 120 historical societies successfully receiving funding for a banner to promote their organisation.

To see how to meet the conditions required for funding and to download a banner grant application form, visit the RHSV website here.

Submissions to POD News in 2013

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