August 2016

FREE events galore this Family History Month!

Discover more about your family history this month...

August is National Family History Month - so whatever stage in your family history you're at, you should be able to find a free event or training session to suit your interests and needs. To learn more about using the state's archives in your research, check out these events:

8 August, Family History Feast, SLV.
18 August, WWI exemption court records, VAC.

9 August, Discovering your ancestors in the archives, Bendigo Library.
17 August, Researching your family history with PROV, Bendigo Library.

10 August, Geelong hospital records, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre.
23 August, Celebrity family history, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre.

Celebrating Melbourne Spring Fashion Week

The countdown is on... MSFW runs from 26 August to 2 September

With Melbourne Spring Fashion Week right around the corner it’s an opportune time to explore the style and fashion of Melbourne’s past. 

The photographers of these images worked for the Public Transport Corporation and Melbourne Harbour Trust and through their lenses they’ve captured fashions of Melbourne ranging from the 1800s to the 1980s and 90s.

From 19th Century gowns to floral 50’s swimwear and 70’s flares, take a look back at Melbourne style through the ages…

Take a look...

Hackney cab drivers 1859-1938, reputable or reprobate?

Blog post by Graham Herschell, Access Services Officer

The record series entitled "Hackney Carriages (Licensed Vehicles)" within our collection consists of 15 volumes stretching from 1859 to 1938 and documents the activities of a committee overseeing the operation of the taxi industry at the time. The committee's major task was monitoring the various types of license applications and dealing with any petitions and complaints.

In this blog post, Access Services Officer Graham Herschell examines some of the more interesting entries including correspondence around drink driving, leaving horses unattended and even boot stealing! 


The death of conscription? Australian military exemption courts in WWI

FREE talk at the archives


"Australia did not introduce overseas conscription during the First World War and national folklore celebrates the eagerness of Australian volunteers. It is rarely reported that approximately 45% of eligible Australian men did not enlist and more than 87,000 men actively sought exemption from military service."

This lecture by Jennifer McNeice will explore the records held by PROV, the conduct of Australia's military exemption courts, and how the courts helped to prevent the introduction of Australian overseas conscription during the First World War.

Jennifer McNeice is a local and family historian who writes, consults and conducts workshops for other researchers. She is a member of the Genealogical Society of Victoria and the Society of Australian Genealogists, and holds a Bachelor of Science (University of Melbourne) and Diploma in Family Historical Studies. She has recently written a history of Koonung Cottage. Last year Jennifer wrote an article about her research into military courts for PROV's Provenance Journal.

Explore the 1956 Olympics through the archives

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Sports fever has hit the archives thanks to the Rio Olympics! For more sporting moments why not take a long jump back through our 1956 Melbourne Olympics photographic collection? 

The Organising Committee for the XVIth Olympiad, Melbourne, recognised that limited positions would be available for the taking of still photographs of the Olympic Games due to the venues, the natures of the sports involved, and the regulations of the International Olympic Committee. The Committee determined that a pool of 30 accredited photographers, to be known as the Olympic Photo Association, would undertake all still photography in restricted playing areas under co-operative 'pool' conditions, and that a total of 125 photographers would be permitted to operate both inside and outside the restricted areas at any one time. 

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Upcoming Events

What's coming up this month?

Monday to Friday 10am-4.30pm
NAA 'A Place to Call Home' exhibit
Victorian Archives Centre Foyer
North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
Learn more

Sunday to Friday 10am-4pm
'Soldier On: WW1 Soldier Settler Stories'
Old Treasury Building
Melbourne, Spring Street


Provide Feedback on our services
Friday 5 Aug 11am-12pm
Tour of the Archives
Victorian Archives Centre 
North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street

Saturday 13 Aug 10am-4.30pm
Victorian Archives Centre Reading Room
North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
Open Saturday

Saturday 27 Aug 10am-4.30pm
Victorian Archives Centre Reading Room
North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
Open Saturday

Monday 5 Sept 11am-12pm
Tour of the Archives
Victorian Archives Centre 
North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street


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