October 2015

Relive your School Days before time runs out...

A new exhibition is coming to Old Treasury Building!

After an extremely popular eight month run at Old Treasury Building, our exhibition School Days: Education in Victoria will close on the 25th of October. So if you haven't had a chance to see it yet, you better get in fast!

This exhibition features classroom stories, school photographs, old text books, and memorabilia straight from the vaults of the state archives.

Through a range of nostalgic displays be reminded of the days when milk was delivered to every child and being caned was all part of a normal education.

Once school's out, we transform the Old Treasury Building gallery once more with our new exhibition Soldier On: WW1 Soldier Settler Stories revealing previously untold stories of the Victorian soldier settler experience.

Visit Old Treasury Building's website for School Days visitor information...

Learn more about the upcoming Soldier On exhibition.

Newly indexed “Deeds of Composition” records...

shed light on financial dealings in Melbourne 1871-98

Melbourne ‘Deeds of Composition’ are now searchable by name, location, occupation and year thanks to the hard work of our volunteers. A ‘Deed of Composition’ is the record of arrangements between insolvent debtors and their creditors in which they agree to settle for a percentage of the amounts owed. This small series was created by the Court of Insolvency, Melbourne 1871-1898.

These records enable researchers to understand the characteristics of those who sought to make such an arrangement and appreciate the impact this pattern of debt had on Victorian society.


New records transfered to PROV

SECV Latrobe Valley photos

A new set of photo albums has been added to our State Electricity Commission of Victoria (SECV) Latrobe Valley Photographic Collection.

The SECV Latrobe Valley Photographic Collection began in the 1920s with photographs taken of the progress of construction of the Yallourn Township, Power Station and Briquette Factory. It continued on a part-time basis until after World War II and eventually a full-time photographer was appointed.

We now have new photos from Power Station, Briquette Factory and nearby sites (1916-1967) available to order and view at the Victorian Archives Centre.

See a sample here...

New Reading Room order limits

Thank you for your feedback on our Reading Room services

    In early 2015, PROV reduced the number of records available to researchers to 4 records per delivery and a total of 12 records on order at any one time. As a result of a recent internal review of services, combined with feedback from our researchers including findings from the recent satisfaction survey, we'll be restoring ordering limits to their original levels.

    This means that from the 1st of November, you'll be able to order 8 records per delivery with a maximum of 24 records loaned out per person at any one time. We hope this is welcome news to everyone.

    If you've visited the Reading Room recently and have any other feedback you'd like to share with us,  you can now do so via the permanent 'feedback' link on our website.

    'Australia's Big Science Picnic, 1914: Some New Evidence'

    Bookings now open for the HCV Annual Lecture

    Professor Lynette Russell, FRHistS, FASSA, of Monash University, will deliver the 2015 Annual Lecture of the History Council of Victoria.

    In 1914 the Australian Government sponsored the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS) to travel to Australia for their annual conference. Over 150 scientists traveled on three ships especially commanded for the event. Across five major cities public talks, demonstrations and excursions familiarised the visiting scientists with Australian natural and hard sciences, geology, botany as well as anthropology.

    This lecture draws on recently uncovered archival materials from Oxford’s Bodleian Library and considers the personalities, logistics, events and outcomes of this massive undertaking. Two outcomes were to establish a Commonwealth Scientific Institute (later CSIRO) and a national telescope at Mt Stromlo. Although these were delayed by the Great War, it's clear that this Big Science Picnic left a lasting legacy.

    WHEN: Thursday 22 October 2015
    6 pm (light refreshments) for 6.30 pm (lecture)
    WHERE: Old Treasury Building, East Melbourne
    TICKETS: $15 each, book now!

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

    Monday 19 October 1pm-4pm
    Victorian Community History Awards
    Arts Centre Melbourne

    Friday 30 October 10am-4.30pm
    Archives Tour, Victorian Archives Centre
    North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street

    Saturday 31 October 10am-4.30pm
    Victorian Archives Centre Reading Room
    North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
    Open Saturday


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