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Issue #56
February 2012

Public Record Office Despatch

Golden Oldie

Old Treasury Building celebrates 150 years

The Treasury Building, c.1875. The terrace on the southern end has since been demolished. Collection: State Library of Victoria
The Old Treasury Building, one of Melbourne’s most iconic and historically significant public buildings, will celebrate its 150th anniversary this year. A number of activities, including a major exhibition titled Gold and Governors: 150 years of the Old Treasury Building will be held throughout the year to commemorate the anniversary.

Gold and Governors will focus on the life and works of architectural prodigy John James Clark (1838–1915) who was just 19 years of age at the time he designed the Old Treasury Building.
 
A number of original works by the architect, including drawings, paintings and plans of the Old Treasury Building and a variety of his Victorian and interstate building designs compiled from PROV’s collection and lenders will be on display.
 
Gold and Governors: 150 years of the Old Treasury Building will be on display at the Old Treasury Building from mid-April to November 2012. For further information visit the Old Treasury Building website.

Don’t miss the Mark!

Final days for landmark exhibition

An example of an entry into the competition.
Missing the Mark: The Melbourne Landmark Idea Competition 1978 is in its final days at the Old Treasury Building.

The exhibition comprises records from the PROV collection that include some kooky, quirky and somewhat extraordinary design entries in a Victorian Government competition which called for a striking Melbourne 'landmark'.

The exhibition closes on Friday 27 February.

For further information, visit the Old Treasury Building website.

New Year Record Openings

Records released to public as privacy expires

At the start of each New Year, a range of records that have been closed to public inspection in accordance with privacy issues stipulated in the Public Records Act 1973 are made available to public viewing.
 
The records are opened as privacy time limits expire, which in general occur 75 years after the fact for adults, and 99 years for children.
 
Fascinating stories often come out from these openings which usually cover series containing Criminal Trial Briefs, Capital Case Files, Children’s Court Registers and Mental Asylum records.
 
Visit our blog to read further information on the 2012 New Year Record Openings and get an insider’s view by Charlie Farrugia, Senior Collections Advisor, on how staff at PROV undertake the fascinating task of making records available that have been closed for such a long period of time.


Sir Rupert Hamer Awards 2012

Nominations now open

The Sir Rupert Hamer Records Management Awards, presented by the Public Records Advisory Council, recognise achievements in excellent records management practice within Victorian government Agencies and local Community Archives.
Nominations for the Awards are now open and will culminate in April 2012, followed by an Awards Ceremony in May 2012.

Visit the PROV website for further information on the categories and nomination process.

Become a Wiki Warrior!

PROV Wiki workshops on offer

PROV is holding training workshops for anyone who is keen to learn more about the PROV Wiki.
 
Since its inception, PROV’s Wiki has developed into a flexible, digital environment where the public can submit valuable knowledge on the PROV collection and conduct research projects.
 
PROV Wiki users have conducted research activities such as collating photographs taken of records in the Reading Room and transcriptions
of records onto the one Wiki page for family and friends to view. They have also benefited from tagging people, places and occupations mentioned in records so that search engines such as
Google and Yahoo identify the records for anyone who is conducting a search on the topic.

Find out how to make the most of the PROV Wiki for your own research purposes by attending one of our Wiki Warrior workshops.
 
The next workshop will be held at the Victorian Archives Centre on the 29 February. For further information or to book a place, visit  What's On on the PROV website.

We are also looking to mentor a number of groups in creating content for the Wiki and happy to discuss with you your ideas for content. For further information visit the PROV Wiki

‘Byte’ into your family history

Shake your Family Tree Day

Shake your Family Tree Day 2012
Join us for the annual Shake Your Family Tree day at the Victorian Archives Centre on Saturday 31 March.

Activities on offer include talks, preservation workshops, tours, and the opportunity to speak with experts. With this year’s theme being ‘Byte’ into your family history, participants will have the opportunity to discover how to research and preserve family histories in the digital age.

This is a popular event on the archives calendar held nationally by the National Archives.

For further information on programs and to book, visit  What's On on the PROV website.

February events

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

Saturday 11 February
Victorian Archives Centre, Saturday Opening
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

11am, Thursday 16 February
Researching Wills & Probates
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

11am, Friday 17 February
Free Tour, Victorian Archives Centre repository
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

11am, Wednesday 22 February
Caring for your photos and documents
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne


 

9.30am, Thursday 23 February
Just Digitise It!
Yarra Ranges Regional Museum

11am, Friday 24 February
Free Tour, Victorian Archives Centre repository
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

Saturday 25 February
Victorian Archives Centre, Saturday Opening
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

10am, Wednesday 29 February
Become a PROV Wiki Warrior!
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

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