Introduction to Public Record Office Victoria

Introduction to Public Record Office Victoria

July 19, 2019 0 By Kailee Schamberger



welcome to public record office Victoria the archives of the state government of Victoria we hold almost 100 kilometres of records from the 1830s to today which we manage for use by current and future generations the collection includes memories of events and decisions great and small that have shaped the history of the colony and state of Victoria as well as records of immigration and shipping criminal trials and prisons premiers and governors royal commissions boards of Inquiry wills and probate and more public record office Victoria or prov has something for everyone whether your research is for a family tree academic work local history information about your home or something else entirely to begin your research using our collection there are a couple of other things you need to consider knowing any relevant dates names towns schools or other connections with government will be useful start a list of what you know already as this will help you along your way remember we only hold records related to Victoria's state government so to ensure success think about what government records might have been created about your topic of interest for example if you are researching your family asking the following questions might help you to find records that would relate to the people you are interested in was the person born in Victoria did they marry or died in Victoria did they arrive in or depart Victoria by boat did they have a will and granted probate did they divorce him Victoria did they go to school in Victoria were they employed by the government for example a schoolteacher or railway employee did they purchase crown land or pay rates on a house were they a prison public record office Victoria uses our own archival system to organize the hundreds of thousands of records from the many government agencies past and present whose records are now in our custody understanding how this system works as well as the original agency's methods of organizing their records will also help you with your research we define each facet of government for example a school government department or council as an agency and give it its own unique VA or Victorian agency number we also use a unique number to identify each of the different series of Records that we have for that agency this series number is also called a VP RS or Victorian public records series each series will also have its own internal system of organization used by the agency that created that series you can check a series description to find out how the original agency organized those records and use that information to find the individual records you are interested in an individual record could be a unit which includes things like boxes books and maps or an item which is an individual file within a unit our most popular series of records are wills and probate s– shipping lists land records in quests criminal trial briefs and school records but there are many more explore our website at wpri.com a you slash research for more ideas you can search for and order records on our website you'll even find many of our records have been digitized and can be viewed online create a user account on our website to order and view the records due to the large amount of records in our collection there is a delay of up to one day between ordering and original record and it becoming available to view in one of our reading rooms order online to make sure your records will be ready for your visit if you get stuck we are always more than happy to point you in the right direction just email telephone or drop in to one of our reading rooms for more tips public record office Victoria offers a wide range of programs activities and free tours to assist you with your research and accessing our collection subscribe to our newsletter or check the what's on section of our website to keep up to date with all the latest events get started today by visiting P ro V dot Vic gov dot a you public record office Victoria provides the Victorian government with advice and record-keeping our government services team of record-keeping experts are responsible for selecting and transferring the right records into the archival collection to ensure Victoria's history is preserved for future generations as well as providing research opportunities public record office Victoria holds a number of exhibitions every year showcasing works from our huge archival collection at both the Victorian archive centre gallery in North Melbourne and at the old Treasury Building located in Melbourne CBD visit PR ovv kofta au / exhibitions for more information and opening hours our popular volunteer program allows us to improve public access to records in the public record office Victoria collection we provide training for all new volunteers including the basic principles of archival methodology an introduction to the public record office Victoria collection and worksite training for each volunteer project which can include data processing digitizing and document handled volunteers work on a range of tasks including creating data about collection items to be published in the online catalogue conducting tours of the extraordinary archives transcribing original documents for exhibitions and indexing records in the collection such as lists of ships passengers if you have a taste for discovery fact-finding in history then we want you visit PR ovv gov dot au / volunteering to get involved public record office Victoria is based in two locations the Victorian archive Center in North Melbourne and the Ballarat archive Center we also have a large network of partners that act as places of deposit throughout the state of Victoria don't forget you are always welcome to contact us by phone or email for more information visit the ROV victor gov tour a you and start discovering your local history today