Victoria

Victoria

Our Victoria Office is located on the land of the Wurundjeri people.

We are open to the public. Bookings are required to visit.

Address

National Archives Victoria Office
Victorian Archives Centre
99 Shiel Street
North Melbourne Vic 3051

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Research centre hours

  • Wed–Fri 10 am–4:30 pm
  • Sat–Tues Closed

Phone

03 9348 5703
Braille typewriter NAA: A1200, L49025

Event

Descriptive discovery

22 Feb 2023

Online

Join National Archives team members online and be part of an accessible community conversation of discovery.

Passport photo of Florence Winter-Irving

Members

The socialite and the Turkish diplomat

07 Mar 2023

Online

To celebrate Women's History Month, join us online to learn about this thrilling tale from the archives.

Blind high school boy, Ken Todd of Brisbane with braille typewriter

Event

Descriptive discovery

29 Mar 2023 - 19 Apr 2023

Online

A webinar designed for blind and vision impaired audiences. Presenting stories and descriptions of the materials in the National Archives collection.

A model stands next to a sheep showcasing her wool fashion dress.

Members

Colonial to couture

10 May 2023

Online

In celebration of Australian Fashion Week, join us online to explore Australia's fashionable past through records kept at National Archives of Australia.

About the Victorian Archives Centre

The Victorian Archives Centre is operated jointly by the National Archives and the Public Record Office Victoria (PROV).

Researchers can access both Commonwealth and state records from the one location.

For more information about the records collection of the Public Record Office Victoria, visit their website at prov.vic.gov.au

The National Archives' collection in Melbourne

Our collection in Victoria has a huge variety of Australian Government records, including many surprising ones.

Melbourne was the seat of the Australian Government until 1927 and remained a centre for federal government activity until the 1960s. That means our collection in Victoria has many central administration records.

Notable subject areas include:

  • army and navy correspondence
  • Aboriginal affairs
  • immigration correspondence and case records
  • shipping and navigation
  • Commonwealth works and construction
  • postal and telegraph
  • courts and tribunals.

While most records date from Federation in 1901 onwards, we also have some records dating as far back as the 1850s. These were inherited from the Victorian colonial government when some responsibilities passed to the Commonwealth at Federation.

Unique and unusual records in our collection

Unique and unusual records in our collection include:

  • records of the British Phosphate Commission, with extensive materials about Nauru and Christmas Island
  • records of the Second World War Allied Works Council, which carried out defence-related works around the country. We also have records of workers in the Civil Construction Corps who were conscripted to carry them out.
  • records of the Department of Munitions documenting the design and production of Australia’s wartime weapons
  • records of the Bureau of Meteorology, Head Office, including weather observations dating back to the 1860s
  • records of the Fair Work Commission and its predecessors, which date from the beginning of Australia’s industrial relations system in the early 1900s
  • an extensive photographic collection created by the Trade Publicity Directorate, which provides numerous insights into postwar Australian life.

Visitor information

We are open from 10 am to 4:30 pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. We are closed on public holidays.

You will need to request records to view and book a time to visit in advance. Please complete an advance request for records  call us on 03 9348 5703.

Facilities

Free wireless internet is available. There is an exhibition space on site.

Entry

Entry to the National Archives is free.

Onsite accessibility

Wheelchair access

All public areas are wheelchair accessible.

Toilet facilities

A toilet with disabled facilities is on the ground floor.

Assistance animals

Visitors with recognised assistance animals, including guide and hearing dogs, are welcome.

Getting here

Car parking

Free all day car parking is available on site (enter via 112 Macaulay Road).

Trams

Route 57 (stop 16), Route 55 (stop 19), Route 59 (stop 19)

Trains

North Melbourne Station or Macaulay Station

Buses

Route 402 (every 10 minutes)

Taxis

Visitors can call a taxi using the free public phone in the locker area.

Postal address

PO Box 8005
Burwood Heights
Vic 3151