National Archives of Australia, Victoria State Office, Melbourne

Identity area

Identifier

daa/328

Authorized form of name

National Archives of Australia, Victoria State Office, Melbourne

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

Type

  • National

Contact area

 

Regional Manager South, Victoria State Office, Melbourne

Type

Address

Street address

Reading Room, Victorian Archives Centre, 99 Shiel St, North Melbourne
Postal address: PO Box 8005, Burwood Heights, Vic 3151

Locality

Melbourne

Region

Victoria

Country name

Postal code

3051

Telephone

03 9348 5600

Fax

Email

Note

Description area

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Archives Act 1983 (Cth)

Administrative structure

Officer-in-charge: Regional Manager South, Victoria State Office, Melbourne

Records management and collecting policies

Buildings

Holdings

The National Archives Melbourne collection includes records of Commonwealth departments, statutory bodies, royal commissions, lighthouses, naval vessels, courts and tribunals. These records document a wide variety of Commonwealth government activities, including defence, migration, Aboriginal affairs, trade and 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 1850s and 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-General’s Department and the Departments of Labour and National Service, Civil Aviation and Defence.

Finding aids, guides and publications

The National Archives’ collection database, RecordSearch, gives online access to the National Archives’ holdings Australia-wide. See https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/SearchScreens/BasicSearch.aspx

For a guide relevant to Melbourne holdings, see Collections in Melbourne: A Guide to Commonwealth Records, by Celia Blake, revised 2003, 76pp at http://guides.naa.gov.au/melbourne/

For a full list of guides to the National Archives’ collection, see: http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/publications/guides/index.aspx

Access area

Opening times

The Reading Room is open Wednesday to Friday 10am–4.30pm.
(Please note: Allow up to 48 hours for retrieval of records. You can send an advance request to view records. See http://reftracker.naa.gov.au/reft100.aspx?pmi=hU6OUeo5eq

Access conditions and requirements

Accessibility

Maps and information about parking, public transport and onsite wheelchair access to the reading room are available at http://www.naa.gov.au/about-us/organisation/locations/melbourne.aspx

Services area

Research services

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

See National Archives of Australia, National Office for information about National Archives research services.

Reproduction services

Information about ordering copies of records and associated fees is available at http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/using/order/index.aspx

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used

Status

Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 6 May 2018

Language(s)

Script(s)

Sources

Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Clipboard

Primary contact

Reading Room, Victorian Archives Centre, 99 Shiel St, North Melbourne Postal address: PO Box 8005, Burwood Heights, Vic 3151
Melbourne, Victoria 3051