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Collections in Melbourne: A Guide to Commonwealth Records


Collections in Melbourne: A Guide to Commonwealth Government Records

Celia Blake

Published by the National Archives of Australia


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This is guide number 8 in the series of research guides published by the National Archives.

The Melbourne office of the National Archives of Australia holds a wealth of material that will interest both professional and family historians. The collection is especially rich because the original seat of the Commonwealth Parliament was located in Melbourne. Among the unique treasures are records on the administration of Aboriginal affairs in Victoria from 1860; drawings of the Port Phillip defences, 1880-1912; files on internees and prisoners of war held in Australia during World War II; and the Australian Women's Army Service records. This guide is an essential reference for anyone wanting to access Commonwealth Government archival records held in Melbourne.

Celia Blake is an Honours graduate (in History) of the University of Melbourne and is an Assistant Director in the Collection Management Section of the National Archives.

Guides include material known to be relevant to their subject areas but are not necessarily complete or definitive guides to all relevant material in the collection.

The National Archives reviews its collection to confirm the value of records for research, evidential and other purposes, or to identify, in consultation with agencies, records for destruction. At the time of publication all the records described in this guide were present in the Archives' collection. However, it is possible that some of these records may be destroyed if they are reviewed and considered not to be of enduring value. If this occurs, the guide will be revised accordingly.

© Commonwealth of Australia 2003

First published 1998. New edition 2003.

ISBN 0 642 34497 3
ISSN 1442–8245

This work is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968 no part may be reproduced by any process without prior written permission from the National Archives. Requests and inquiries concerning reproduction and rights should be directed to the Publications Manager, National Archives of Australia, PO Box 7425, Canberra Business Centre ACT 2610, Australia.

Editor: Judith Ion
Research assistance: Mark Brennan, Denis Connor
Cover design: Po Sung
HTML version: Brian Joyce, Neris Bryden and Russell Pym

Cover: An electric tram in operation at Preston, a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, 1972. NAA: A6180, 2, 18/2/72/3

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