January 2017

Victoria's hidden history revealed through newly opened records

Check out our January 1st Section 9 record openings

Under Section 9 of the Public Records Act 1973 files of a personal or private nature are closed from between 75 to 99 years to prevent the violation of personal privacy. On the 1st of January 2017, another year of files was opened to the public for the first time.

Among this year’s openings are Criminal Trial Briefs relating to Pentridge prison escapee Kenneth Raymond Jones, the capital case file of Alfred Bye executed for the murder of Tommy Walker (execution document pictured left), Divorce Case Files from Melbourne and Ballarat Courts of 1941, Post Mortem Registers from Kew Hospital and Tramway and Victorian Railroads Employee Records.

Order the new records online to view in our Reading Room. 


Confession of Pentridge Prison escapee Kenneth 'Boots' Jones

Section 9 archival snapshot

On the 1st of January, a reporter from the ABC profiled one of the newly opened Section 9 files on ABC online.

Meet Kenneth Raymond Jones, nicknamed 'Boots', who in 1940 was the first person to escape Pentridge Prison in 50 years.  

His confession can be found within his Criminal Trial Brief located in VPRS 30 P0 Unit 2932. 

"I escaped from Pentridge Gaol, Coburg, Melbourne, at about 9pm on the night of the 30th November 1940."

Read what he got up to while on the run, on ABC online.

The case of Alfred Bye

Section 9 archival snapshot


Another interesting case to be found in the newly opened Section 9 files is the Capital Case of Alfred Bye.

Alfred Bye’s capital case file is one of three 1941 capital files now open, he was executed on the 22nd of December 1941 for stabbing his love rival to death.


VAC Gallery submissions now open

Calling street photographers of Melbourne!

The Victorian Archives Centre Gallery is seeking images from contemporary street photographers for a new exhibition: ‘Of Kin and Kind’.

Photos will be displayed alongside prints of Victorian historical archival images in the Victorian Archives Centre Gallery.

For submission guidelines and more information visit our website here.

The deadline for submissions is 5pm the 30th of January 2017.

Women of Bendigo 1894

From the Bendigo Regional Archives Centre

There's a wealth of history to be found within Bendigo Regional Archives Centre's online collection of petitions.

On our blog this month we profile a petition from the women of Bendigo 1894, requesting permission to hold meetings in the Town Hall.  


Local History Grants 

Applications close 5pm 31 January 2017


Applications for the Local History Grants close at the end of this month.

The Local History Grants Program encourages and fosters community activities that better preserve, record and share the local, social and community history of Victoria and Victorians. 

Learn more...

Upcoming Events

What's coming up this month?

Monday to Friday 10am-4.30pm
'Mos to Mullets' exhibit
Victorian Archives Centre Foyer
North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street

Friday 6 Jan 10am-1pm
Finish Writing Your Book
Presented by Hazel Edwards

North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
Learn more

Saturday 14 & 28 Jan 10am-4.30pm
Victorian Archives Centre Reading Room
North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
Open Saturday


Provide Feedback on our services
Sunday to Friday 10am-4pm
'Soldier On'
Old Treasury Building
Melbourne, Spring Street

Sunday to Friday 10am-4pm
'Wild Colonial Boys'
Old Treasury Building
Melbourne, Spring Street

Monday to Friday 9am-6pm
Saturday 10am-3pm until 16 January
Historical Clothing Exhibition
Featuring Bendigo Historical Society items
Bendigo Library, Hargreaves St Bendigo


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