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Issue #62
August 2012

Public Record Office Despatch

Olympic fun and games

View our collection of Olympic photos online

Womens 100 Freestyle Heat 5 Dawn Fraser (Australia) winner 62.4 Equal World Record
VPRS 10742, P0, B1339
In the midst of the London 2012 Olympic Games fever, Public Record Office Victoria would like to remind our ‘Despatch’ readers that we have a wonderful collection of photos which date back to the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.

In this current age of multi-million dollar sponsored athletes wearing cutting edge swimsuits, running shoes and using sporting equipment of the most advanced designs, it is fascinating for children and adults alike to see just how much the Olympics have come since the ‘Friendly Games’ held in Melbourne 56 years ago.
In light of the comparisons on just how much the Games have advanced over the last half century, Public Record Office Victoria’s Senior Collections Advisor, Charlie Farrugia has written an article on our blog about the sporting venues constructed for the Melbourne 1956 Games. The article looks at our collection of plans for stadiums, the athletes’ village and other Olympic venues and how their designs stand in contrast to those erected for Olympic games held in more recent times. To read, visit
To view the collection of digitised images from the Melbourne 1956 Olympics, visit
Do you have any memories or stories from the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games that you would like to share? The images have also migrated to our Wiki where anyone can log in and leave comments for other Wiki users to read. To view and comment on the images visit

International Council on Archives Congress

Join the conversation on Twitter

Archives, as you know, are an incredible resource and this month they form the central point of discussion at the International Council on Archives (ICA) Congress.

Held in Brisbane from 20-24 August, the Congress will feature a spectacular range of speakers discussing everything from engaging communities to managing digital records. Recordkeeping experts from Public Record Office Victoria will be presenting during the week-long event.
To follow what they have to say, join the conversation on Twitter at #ICA_2012.

For further information and to view the full program visit their website at

August winter events

Escape the chill at the Victorian Archives Centre and Old Treasury Building

An example of nineteenth century handwriting. VPRS 1189/P0, unit 757 item D1a, detail.
Public Record Office Victoria and Old Treasury Building are hosting a great range of events during August to keep you occupied over the last month of winter.
Public Record Office Victoria is holding a number of free events to help participants with researching our huge archival collection. One of the program highlights this winter is Reading Nineteenth Century Handwriting, a workshop perfect for anyone who has found script on documents dating from the 1800s difficult to decipher. The workshop will be held on Thursday 16 August at 11am at the Victorian Archives Centre. To book this free event, or to view our calendar of events visit
Old Treasury Building is presenting Experiencing Architecture: Priest, Politician and Publican. This unique walking tour, run by Kenneth Park, leads participants on an historic journey around the Old Treasury Building’s neighbours, including St Peters Church, Parliament of Victoria and the Windsor Hotel.
The walk takes place on Monday 6 August at 12.30pm departing from Old Treasury Building and concludes with afternoon tea at the Windsor Hotel. For further information and to book, call 03 9651 2233 or email
To view all of our upcoming events in August, see our ‘What’s on’ section of this issue of ‘Despatch’.

Victorian Community History Awards

Last days to enter

The annual Victorian Community History Awards recognise excellence in historical research with the aim of enriching Victorians through stories of their State’s history.
A total of $17,000 will be granted to successful recipients of the award categories covering a variety of history-telling formats including publications, collaborations, historical interpretations and multimedia.
Entries close Friday 10 August and winners will be announced at the National Gallery of Victoria on Tuesday 23 October 2012.
For more information and to apply, visit

Public Record Guidebook Spring 2012 / Summer 2013

Contact us for your free copy!

VPRS 14562/P10, unit 1, Miscellaneous photographs, negatives, slides and ephemera (Education History Unit).
We have produced another informative Guidebook for researchers interested in making the most out of Public Record Office Victoria’s collection.

The theme of the second issue of Guidebook is 'community' with tips on how to get the most out of the records when researching your place in Victoria. Topics include uncovering local history, collecting stories, and seeking out information on colourful characters from your community. Details on the next round of the Local History Grants Program and our upcoming Open Day are also detailed.

The book is available from mid August so if you would like to obtain a copy, look out for it when you visit one of Public Record Office Victoria’s reading rooms. Alternatively, email your postal address details to and we can send a copy to you.

August and September events

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

12.30pm Monday 6 August
Kenneth Park Walking Tour
Departing from Old Treasury Building,
Spring Street, Melbourne

Saturday 11 August
Victorian Archives Centre opening
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

11am Thursday 16 August
Reading 19th Century Handwriting
Victorian Archives Centre

Saturday 25 August
Victorian Archives Centre opening
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

11am Friday 7 September
Introduction to PROV and the Collection
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

Saturday 8 September
Victorian Archives Centre opening
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

11am Monday 17 September
Digging Deeper
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

Saturday 29 September
Victorian Archives Centre opening
Victorian Archives Centre, North Melbourne

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