September 2015

Female Prison Registers 1855-1934

Now available to view online!

Victorian Female Prison Registers from 1855-1934 are now available to view on our website.
More than 7000 women are included amongst the records which took our volunteers 12 months to digitise.

The records include a personal description of the prisoner: height, weight, complexion, hair, eyes, nose, mouth, chin, eyebrows, forehead, date of birth, native place, trade, religion etc. This information could be extremely valuable for family researchers trying to find details about particular ancestors that spent time in prison. Some of the records also contain mugshots.
Read more about some of the notorious criminals to be found in the collection via ABC Online OR Search through the catalogue yourself and have a look!

Body Cards 1959-1985

A new index to this series is now available

A new index to Body Cards is now available on our website.

This series, named ‘Body Cards’ after the cardboard files contained within, include records of deaths reported to the Melbourne Coroner’s Court between 1959 and 1985.

Deaths reported to the Melbourne Coroner’s Court included unexpected, unnatural, or violent deaths, deaths in care or custody, and when the identity of the person was unknown.

Search the online index to order records for viewing in the North Melbourne Reading Rooms.


Discover Bendigo through fascinating petitions

This month we delved into Bendigo Regional Archives Centre's online petitions...

The Bendigo Regional Archives Centre website hosts a series of digitised ‘Petitions of the People’ ranging from 1870 to 1899.

These records allow a rare insight into life from 1870 to 1899 in Sandhurst/Bendigo, a period when this gold mining town grew into a thriving Victorian city.

A signature on a petition may be the only tangible evidence that an ancestor lived in the region, practiced a particular trade or profession or felt strongly about a local issue.

There are currently 273 petitions available to download with more to be added over time.

Here, we delve deeper into some of the ‘occupation’ category petitions to reveal requested changes to local butchering practices, struggles of the local stonebreakers, hairdressers, and the dairymen.


Have you read our award-winning book?

walata tyamateetj wins Mander Jones Publication Award

    walata tyamateetj [wa-lata  tee-ama-teej], a guide to Victorian government records about Aboriginal people, was awarded a Mander Jones Award for best finding aid to an archival collection at the Australian Society of Archivists annual conference last month.

    The book was awarded for enabling access to and engagement with Victorian Aboriginal archival collections.

    This publication is a joint guide to Victorian government records about Aboriginal people published by Public Record Office Victoria in association with the National Archives of Australia.

    The guide includes information about Victoria’s Koorie history through a comprehensive listing of records which can be accessed both in hard copy and electronic formats.

    Download or order a copy from our website.

    Celebrating Melbourne Spring Fashion Week

    Explore our fashion photos on Flickr!

    Melbourne Spring Fashion Week finishes on the 4th of September.

    This year's Spring Fashion Week saw multiple decades of style celebrated through events and talks as well as on the runway - from Victoriana gowns through to 70s knits and bold 80s prints.

    Explore our Flickr collection of styles and fashions for some of Melbourne's best trends of the past 100 years.


    News from Museums Australia (Victoria)

    Applications now open for the Roving Curator Program 2016

    Museums Australia (Victoria)'s Roving Curator Program provides small museums and galleries with exhibition development assistance, including several days on-site advice as well as follow-up support.

    For more information visit the Museums Australia (Victoria) website.

    The Roving Curator Program is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

    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: 'School Days'
    Old Treasury Building
    Melbourne, Spring Street

    Connect with us!

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

    Saturday 26 September 10am-4.30pm
    Victorian Archives Centre Reading Room
    North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
    Open Saturday

    Thursday 24 September until November TBC
    Geelong Heritage Centre Reading Room
    Geelong, National Wool Museum
    to the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre


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