December 2015

12 new stories straight from the archives

The 2015 edition of Provenance is now online!

From early builders of Melbourne to the children of ragged schools, soldiers and wards of the state - this year's Provenance articles contain all these and more. 

View the full edition, featuring 12 new articles of research, here.

Provenance is a free journal published online including peer-reviewed articles, as well as other written contributions, that contain research drawing on records in PROV’s holdings. 

If you're researching PROV records and have an interest in writing then consider submitting an article to next year's edition. Details on submitting articles can be found here.

Soldier On: WW1 Soldier Settler Stories

A preview of family life on the block

On many soldier settler blocks, the work of the youngest family members was vital.

Children contributed regularly to the day-to-day functioning of the farm, allowing settlers to save on labour costs. Leslie Kirby, a Mallee settler, attributed his block’s success to ‘the labour of my wife and two sons’. 

Take a sneak peak at some of the photos that show family life on soldier settler blocks here.

And visit the Soldier On: WW1 Soldier Settler Stories exhibition at Old Treasury Building to learn more. 

Victorian Gold Jubilee Exhibition

Records from the Bendigo Regional Archives Centre

In this new blog post, Dr. Michele Matthews from the Bendigo Regional Archives shares the story of the two volumes created to record the details of the Victorian Gold Jubilee Exhibition held at Bendigo from 13 November 1901 to 14 May 1902.

The volumes - containing details of hundred of exhibits on display throughout the six month celebrations - are available to order and view at the Bendigo Regional Archives Centre

Read more here...

View past blog posts from Bendigo:

Final archive tour of 2015

Finish off the year in the archives!

We are holding our last archive tour of the year on Tuesday the 15th of December - what better way to escape the summer heat than to delve deep down into the archives of Victoria? 

The Cafe, Reading Room and our Transporting Art exhibition are also open so there's plenty to do if you want to spend the day with us here at the Victorian Archives Centre. 

Christmas closures

Visitors please take note...

    Victorian Archives Centre
    Closing early 12 noon Fri 18 December
    Closing for Christmas 3pm Thurs 24 December
    Reopening 10am Mon 4 January 2016 

    Ballarat Archives Centre
    Closing for Chistmas 4.30pm Tues 22 December
    Reopening 9.30am Mon 4 January 2016

    Bendigo Regional Archives Centre
    Closed on Wed 2 December
    Closing for Christmas 3pm Thurs 24 December
    Reopening 10am Wed 6 January 2016

    Geelong Heritage Centre
    Closed on Fri 25, Sat 26 & Mon 28 December
    Closed on Fri 1 January 2016

    Frequently Asked Question:

    I know my records are here, so why can't I find them on the catalogue?

    Locating records in our collection often requires more complex research than simply performing a “Google-like” search.

    We hold an estimated 17 million records, but only around 6.5 million have been individually listed in our catalogue.

    We’re constantly working to improve the quantity, accuracy and intuitiveness of the data about our collection, but it’s a large and ongoing task.

    If your initial searches have been unsuccessful, try using PROV’s research guides and other finding aids. 

    Upcoming Events

    What's coming up this month?

    Monday to Friday 10am-4.30pm
    Free exhibition: 'Transporting Art'
    Victorian Archives Centre Foyer
    North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street

    Sunday to Friday 10am-4pm
    Free exhibition: 'Soldier On: WW1 Soldier Settler Stories' open from 10am 9 Nov
    Old Treasury Building
    Melbourne, Spring Street

    Connect with us!

    Saturday 12 December 10am-4.30pm
    Victorian Archives Centre Reading Room
    North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
    Open Saturday

    Tuesday 15 December 11am-12pm
    Archives Tour, Victorian Archives Centre
    North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street

    Book now for this FREE tour!

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