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There are thousands of interesting records within the Victorian government archive (Public Record Office Victoria). If you are new to archival research we suggest starting at the Where To Start page, this will answer the most basic questions. 

Where to start

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Creating an account and starting your research journey

Researcher resources

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How to research PROV's collection

Explore archives by topic

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Search the collection via these simple topic guides

Online collections

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Digitised records


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Online publications to help with your research

Online galleries and exhibitions

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PROV's free online exhibitions

Photographic collections

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Digitised and non-digitised photographic collections

PROV collection API

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Accessing raw search data

Material in the Public Record Office Victoria archival collection contains words and descriptions that reflect attitudes and government policies at different times which may be insensitive and upsetting

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples should be aware the collection and website may contain images, voices and names of deceased persons.

PROV provides advice to researchers wishing to access, publish or re-use records about Aboriginal Peoples

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Government Functions

Discover record collections via the Provisualizer