The Victorian Archives Centre research 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 Victorian collection includes records of:
- Commonwealth departments
- statutory bodies
- royal commissions
- naval vessels
- courts and tribunals
These records document a wide variety of Commonwealth government activities, including:
- Aboriginal affairs
- veterans' affairs
Although the records mainly date from Federation, they include a small quantity of 19th century records inherited from the colonies when certain functions, such as customs, postal and telegraphic services, defence and Aboriginal affairs, passed to the Commonwealth. Other notable holdings include:
- meteorological records dating from 1840
- records relating to customs dating from the 1850s
- records relating to the administration of Aboriginal affairs in Victoria from 1860
The collection in Melbourne is especially rich because the original seat of the Commonwealth government was located there until 1927 and remained a centre for federal government activity until the 1960s.
It documents the central offices of many departments of state including the Postmaster-Generals Department and the Departments of Labour and National Service, Civil Aviation and Defence.
Research centre opening hours
10am to 4.30pm Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, closed public holidays.
Please note: Allow up to 48 hours for retrieval of records. You can send an advance request to view records.
The research centre will be closed from Monday 23 December 2019. Usual opening hours resume from Thursday 2 January 2020.
Free wireless internet is available. There is an exhibition space on site.
Entry to the National Archives is free.
All public areas are wheelchair accessible.
A toilet with disabled facilities is on the ground floor.
Visitors with recognised assistance animals, including guide and hearing dogs, are welcome.
Free all day car parking is available on site (enter via 112 Macaulay Road).
Route 57 (stop 16), Route 55 (stop 19), Route 59 (stop 19)
North Melbourne Station or Macaulay Station
Route 402 (every 10 minutes)
Visitors can call a taxi using the free public phone in the locker area.
PO Box 8005