14 January 2011

Public Records Office of Victoria

Once a week I volunteer at the Public Records Office of Victoria, where I have been part of a team involved in transcribing the Outward Passengers Shipping Index for digitisation to their online database.I enjoy volunteering, and would recommend it to everybody.

There is a lot more to the PROV than indexes, however, as their huge repository is filled with items from Victoria's past. This link is to their online exhibitions which can be viewed by everyone on the Net. There are exhibits here about Melbourne's water storage, "Bigamy, Theft and Murder: the extraordinary tale of Frederick Bailey Deeming",  Victoria's Aboriginal police force 1837-1852, A pictorial history of Victoria captured through a selection of public transport photographs, Ned Kelly, 1956 Olympics, Eureka Stockade, Chinese immigrants, and more....