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PROV Victorian Archives Centre

location marker 99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne, Victoria, 3051.

Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) is the archive of the State and local government in Victoria. We hold around 100kms of hard copy records and 600,000 digital records dating from 1836 to the present day. More records in all formats are transferred to PROV every year. Many records in our collection are open and accessible to researchers either in our Reading Rooms or online. We preserve records of enduring value from the past and present day so evidence of government decisions remains on the public record and available for access. We set mandatory recordkeeping standards and provide support and advice on recordkeeping to state and local government. We also provide researcher services, an awards and grants program, public programming and outreach.


We have wheelchair access, lifts and disabled toilets.


Train: North Melbourne station or Macaulay station; Tram: Route 57: City to West Maribyrnong from Elizabeth Street via Victoria, Errol, Queensberry and Abbotsford Streets. Closest stop No. 16 at Haines Street; Route 59: City to Airport West from Elizabeth Street via Flemington Road. Closest stop No. 19 at Abbotsford Street; Bus: Route 402: East Melbourne to Footscray from terminus opposite St Vincent’s Hospital (Victoria Parade) via Rathdowne and Shiel Street. Closest stop Canning Street just south of the intersection with Shiel Street. Buses run every 10 minutes between 6.00am and 7.00pm.