Mar 30, 2012

Internment of enemy aliens in the UK and Australia during WW2

This event will be presented by the Public Record Office Victoria and the State Library of Victoria, the talk will be presented by international guest speaker Roger Kershaw.  The focus is on records from the National Archives, United Kingdom.  participants will also find out how to get the most out of the National Archives collection through their website  Roger Kershaw is the head of Military, Maritime, Transport and Family records at the National Archives. 

Time: 10.00am - 11.30am
Start time: 4th April, 2012

Address: Victorian Archives Centre, 99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne.
Phone: 9348 5787

'Spookspotters' Twilight Ghost Tours @ Como

The two-hour tours were introduced at the National Trust property after a team of mediums from Spookspotters Paranormal Research investigated the house in 2008 and found it had a very high level of paranormal activity. 

The lamp lit tours which are kept to small groups to ensure participants can absorb the ambience begin in Como's beautiful ballroom where guests are given a background of Como's residents past and present.

The Twilight Tours focus on past people and events in the house and offers a completely different experience to a day time tour. 

Not suitable for children under 18.

1st Thursday of the month from April to September.

Time: 6.30pm
Start Date: 5th April, 2012
End Date:  5th April, 2012
Address: Corner Williams Road and Lechlade Avenue, South Yarra.

Mar 29, 2012

Merchant Navy seaman 1835-1941

Search more than 1.3 million Merchant Navy Seaman records, now available on FindmyPast.  The records comprise of two main sections.

Merchant Navy Seaman 1835-1857: records of individual seamen that the central government created to monitor a potential reserve of sailors for the Royal Navy.

Merchant Navy Seaman 1918-1941: records of index cards that the registrar General of Shipping and Seaman used between the two world wars to produce a centralised index to merchant seamen on British merchant navy vessels.

Mar 23, 2012

Prime Minister Bill McMahon Visits Puckle Street

Current affairs reporting on radio and television was developing quickly during the late sixties and early seventies and politicians were becoming more adept at using these mediums.  ABC radio already had established itself as an important source of political reporting, going beyond basic interviews with politicians.
This audio archive at gives a compilation of episodes of “PM” broadcast on November 27 to 29, 1972 looking at the historic  “Its Time” election campaign.  Part of this compilation includes a visit by Prime Minister William McMahon  to  Puckle Street, Moonee Ponds and even more interestingly,  vox pops with local residents.
Please note that the audio track runs for approx 22 minutes and will take some time to download, depending on your connection.

'Byte' into your family history at the Archives

This is a free event  presented by the Public Record Office Victoria, National Archives of Australia and the Genealogical Society of Victoria and other family history specialists.  The program includes behind the scenes at the PRO, digitising family photos, a conservation clinic, become a wiki warrior and lots more.  Showbags and refreshments available all day. 

Saturday 31st March, 2012, 10am-4pm.

Bookings essential

Contact details

Victorian Archives Centre
99 Shiel Street
North Melbourne Vic 3051
Tel: (03) 9348 5600

Mar 22, 2012

Who Do You Think You Are?: series returns

The first series commences on Tuesday March 27th on SBS One, 7.30pm.  On the first episode Adelaide born Shaun Micallef discovers his unknown ancestors.  His journey takes in London, Istanbul and Malta, the Irish potato famine and the Crimean War.

Mar 20, 2012

Forensic Genealogy and its Application

At the April meeting of Victorian GUM Inc the presentation will be by international speaker Colleen Fitzpatrick, Ph.D, her talk will be on Forensic Genealogy and its Application, to be held on Monday April 2nd, commencing at 6:45pm at the Phyllis Hore Room, Kew Library.

Any queries or questions about this talk send them to

Mar 9, 2012

Seminar @ PROV

The Public Record Office Victoria and the Australian Women's Register Project extend an invitation to a seminar to commemorate International Women's Day and Women's History Month:

Where - The Seminar Room, the Public Record Office, 99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne on Wednesday 14th March, 2012 1.00pm - 2.30pm

Panellists: Shurlee Swain "Making their case: archival traces of mothers and children in negotiation with child welfare officals" Charlie Farrugia "The wardship records in the PROV Collection" Nikkie Henningham - "What's New with the Australian Women's Register".

Any queries Charlie Farrugia:

Victorian Newspapers on Trove

The National Library of Australia is pleased to announce that the following titles from Victoria are now available in Digitised newspapers and more on Trove:

The Ararat advertiser (Vic. : 1914 - 1918) The Bacchus Marsh Express (Vic. : 1914 - 1918) Bairnsdale Advertiser and Tambo and Omeo Chronicle (Vic. : 1914 - 1918) Ballarat courier (Vic. : 1914 - 1918) Brighton Southern Cross (Vic. : 1914 - 1918) The Casterton News and the Merino and Sandford Record (Vic. : 1914 - 1918) The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1914 - 1918) The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter  (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954) Independent (Footscray, Vic. : 1883 - 1922) Frankston & Somerville Standard (Vic. : 1921 - 1939) Frankston Standard (Frankston, Vic. : 1949) The Lilydale Express (Vic. : 1914 - 1918) Lilydale Express and Yarra Glen, Wandin Yallock, Upper Yarra, Healesville and Ringwood Chronicle (Vic. : 1914) The McIvor Times and Rodney Advertiser (Heathcote, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) The Mildura Cultivator (Vic. : 1888 - 1920) The Prahran Telegraph (Vic. : 1914 - 1918) The Queenscliff Sentinel (Vic. : 1884 - 1885) Queenscliff Sentinel, Drysdale, Portarlington & Sorrento Advertiser (Vic. : 1885 - 1894) Queenscliff Sentinel, Drysdale, St. Leonards, Sorrento, Portsea, Portarlington, Point Lonsdale and Bellarineshire Advertiser Record (Emerald Hill, Vic : 1914 - 1918) Reporter (Box Hill, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) Standard (Frankston, Vic. : 1939 - 1949) Sunshine Advocate (Vic. : 1924 - 1954) Warrnambool Standard (Vic. : 1914 - 1918) Werribee Shire Banner (Vic. : 1911 - 1952)

These titles have been funded by the State Library of Victoria.

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For those libraries and organisations wishing to digitise a newspaper title, please see our Contributor Guidelines and a Factsheet. If you would like any additional information please email us at

March Meeting @ Essendon Historical Society

The Guest Speaker will be Glen McCluskey, Curator of the Hall of Fame, Essendon Football Club.  The event is free commencing 7.30pm Tuesday 27th March, at the Essendon Historical Society, Old Courthouse, 768 Mt. Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds.  All welcome.  For more information phone 9370 4607.