Presbyterian Ladies' College (PLC), Melbourne

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Presbyterian Ladies' College (PLC), Melbourne

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • Formerly PLC East Melbourne
  • PLC Burwood
  • PLC Melbourne
  • Presbyterian Ladies College


  • Educational

Contact area


PLC Melbourne Archivist



Street address

141 Burwood Highway, Burwood





Country name

Postal code



03 9808 5998



Description area


PLC Melbourne is a Christian College, associated with the Presbyterian Church.

Established opposite the Fitzroy Gardens, East Melbourne in 1875, the college is one of the oldest schools for girls still in existence in Australia. The college fully relocated to the Melbourne suburb of Burwood in 1958.

The Archive was established in 1975 to retain and preserve the history of the college's pioneering and enduring contribution to the education of women and to raising the status of women within the Australian and international community. Eminent Old Collegians and former staff include Vida Goldstein, Henry Handel Richardson, Dame Nellie Melba, Violet Teague and Walter Withers.

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

PLC Melbourne is a Christian independent girls' school catering for girls from Early Learning Centre to senior years.

Records management and collecting policies

The PLC Archive fosters and promotes an understanding and appreciation of the history of the college to enrich and inform the life of current staff and students and its wider community. The collections play an active role in education, formal and informal, through promoting first-hand engagement with primary sources.

An exhibition, teaching and reference space, the PLC Melbourne Heritage Centre, is provided for students, staff and researchers who seek to understand and interpret the collection.



The PLC Melbourne Archive acquires those records, furniture, art, photographs, diaries, albums, trophies, minute books, curriculum samples, oral histories, memories etc, relating or referring to the college that exemplify conditions of education experienced by its students, staff, Alumni and the broader college community.

The college, and its wider, community is encouraged to donate relevant material.

Finding aids, guides and publications

  • Patchwork magazines, 1876- present.
  • Reid, M O, The ladies came to stay, 1961.
  • Fitzpatrick, Kathleen, PLC Melbourne: the first century 1875-1975, 1975.
  • Grant, Lesley (compiler), PLC Pictorial history 1875-2005, 2005.

Access area

Opening times

By appointment during the college school term.

Access conditions and requirements

Appointments must be arranged and confirmed with the Archivist.

Access to all archival material and services is to be fully acknowledged by the researcher in all research, display and publication.


Details will be provided on confirmation of appointment.

Services area

Research services

Reference advice is available to visitors and via email.

Reproduction services

Limited services may be available.

Public areas

Visitors must apply to arrange a time to visit the PLC Melbourne Heritage Centre and / or PLC Melbourne Archive.

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 18 May 2020




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Education (Thematic area)
  • Family / Domestic Life (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

141 Burwood Highway, Burwood
Melbourne, Victoria 3125