This is the archives for the federal government of Australia records. Australia became a country in 1901. Some states have transferred colonial records relating to federal government functions to the National Archives of Australia and these records date from before 1901. The main repository of the National Archives of Australia is located in Canberra with branches in each state capital and Darwin.
NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF AUSTRALIA - COLLECTIONS IN MELBOURNE: A GUIDE TO COMMONWEALTH RECORDS BY CELIA BLAKE, REVISED 2003.
This is the archives for the state government of Victoria records. Official settlement in Victoria began in 1836. Public Record Office Victoria is located in North Melbourne and has branches in Ballarat and Bendigo.
PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE VICTORIA - LOOK HISTORY IN THE EYE
Discover the PROV collection.
PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE VICTORIA - PRIVATE LIVES, PUBLIC RECORDS
Navigating through Victorian government archives for family research.
This is a branch of Public Record Office Victoria. It holds records for the Ballarat region. Details can be accessed through the Public Record Office Victoria website.
This is a branch of Public Record Office Victoria. It holds records for the Bendigo region.
Geelong Heritage Centre holds some records for the Geelong region. It is located with the Geelong Library.
Museums of History New South Wales, State Archives Collection holds some early records for Victoria as Victoria was the Port Phillip District of the colony of New South Wales until 1851.
The University of Melbourne Archives was established in 1960, to collect and preserve records relating to the University and to business and business people for the purposes of historical research. It is open to all researchers.
Some municipal government councils may maintain archives. This includes the City of Wodonga.
See Local Government.
Stonnington History Centre holds records relating to the former Cities of Malvern and Prahran as well as the City of Stonnington. Malvern and Prahran are inner suburbs of Melbourne. Stonnington History Centre is located with Malvern Library.
A directory of archives in Australia is published by the Australian Society of Archivists. This may be browsed by archive type, geographic region and locality.