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Issue #54
Summer fun to see, PROV journal to read and more...

Public Record Office Despatch

Summers Past is here again!

Golden Days in the Sun 1950-1970

Sunbathers relax under a low umbrella at Bondi, NSW, 1966.
Image courtesy of National Archives

Summers Past: Golden Days in the Sun 1950-1970, a National Archives Touring Exhibition, will have an encore display at the Victorian Archives Centre from Monday 7 November.
 
The seventy-five photographs in this colourful display present a vibrant panorama of summertime living of decades past. The candid shots of Australians spending their leisure time in the summer sun on the beach, playing sports and camping reflects a more innocent and carefree time in the country’s past.
 
The images selected for Summers Past come from the hundreds of thousands of candid shots in the Australian News and Information Bureau collection held at the National Archives.
 
If you missed the exhibition the first time it was shown, now is your chance to see it. Summers Past: Golden Days in the Sun 1950-1970 will be on display at the Victorian Archives Centre until May 2012.

More data added to Online Outward Passenger Index

Now covering 1852-1913

PROV volunteers have recently achieved another milestone by indexing outward passenger lists from Melbourne to interstate and foreign ports for the years 1908-1913. These years are now available through the online index list of passengers available on the PROV website.
 
Researchers can search the period 1852-1913 by passenger names, ship name or departure date and obtain a reference to the microfilm copy of the lists (catalogued as VPRS 3506) which are available in PROV Reading Rooms.

Previously, researchers had to wait until the end of each calendar year for shipping data to be uploaded onto the online index. PROV staff are proud to be working towards updating the online indexes on a more regular basis so that researchers can access shipping data from the PROV website as soon as it  has been processed.

Further Information
Click here to access the Index to Outward Passengers to Interstate, UK, NZ and Foreign Ports 1852-1913 or visit the PROV website for further information on other volunteer projects.

Victorian Community History Awards winners announced

All winning entries listed on PROV website

L-R: Marie Hansen Fels with Justine Heazlewood, Director and Keeper of Public Records, PROV.
  1. The annual Victorian Community History Awards administered by PROV and presented by the Royal History Society of Victoria came to a spectacular conclusion on 20 October with a ceremony held at Queens Hall, Parliament House.
     
The awards recognise the contribution made by Victorians to the preservation of Victoria’s heritage. The winners of the 2011 round of awards, which where chosen as clear stand outs in their categories were announced by State Member for Bentleigh, Ms Elizabeth Miller MP.

Of particular relevance to PROV was the winner of the category "Best Community Research, Register, Records". Author Marie Hansen Fels made extensive use of PROV’s collection in the underlying research for the publication. Her work, ''I Succeeded Once’: The Aboriginal Protectorate on the Mornington Peninsula, 1839-1840 references VPRS 4467 (Aboriginal Affairs records) and VPRS 4410 (Aboriginal Protectorate Reports and Journals) as well as many other sources.
 
Visit the PROV website to view a description of all of the winning entries from the Victorian Community History Awards 2011.

Provenance issue 10 out now!

The journal of Public Record Office Victoria

Provenance is the annual refereed journal of PROV. Issue 10 is out now and can be viewed from the PROV website.
 
Articles include: ‘In Pursuit of the Kelly Reward: an examination of applicants to join the hunt for the Kelly gang in 1879’ by Brett Wright and ‘Losing the Plot: Archaeological Investigations of Prisoner Burials at the Old Melbourne Gaol and Pentridge Prison’ by Jeremy Smith.
 


Further Information
Visit the PROV website to access the current issue of Provenance.

November Events

What's on at the Victorian Archives Centre and around Victoria

Tuesday 1 November
Victorian Archives Centre closed
Melbourne Cup Public Holiday

11am, Thursday 3 November
Seminar: Introduction to our Catalogue
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

10.30am, Wednesday 9 November
Seminar: Introduction to our Catalogue
Ballarat Archives Centre

11am, Friday 11 November
Tour: Victorian Archives Centre Repository
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

Saturday 12 November
Victorian Archives Centre Saturday opening
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

11am, Thursday 17 November
Seminar: Researching Regional Records
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

9:30am, Tuesday 22 November
Koorie Workshop: Caring for your collections, Day 1
Bairnsdale 

9:30am, Wednesday 23 November
Koorie Workshop: Discover your past through records, Day 2
Bairnsdale

11am, Friday 25 November
Tour: Victorian Archives Centre Repository
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

10am, Saturday 26 November
Seminar: Introduction to our Catalogue
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

Saturday 26 November
Victorian Archives Centre Saturday opening
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne


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