document on dislpay in Victorian Archival Treasures at the Old Treasury Building

Discover the stories attached to rare and interesting original documents, maps and photographs from the state’s archives at Public Record Office Victoria.

Indigenous Victorians – Examine the early interaction between Government and Indigenous people in Victoria
Early Melbourne – Discover how the Port Phillip was illegally settled by Batman and Fawkner and why the 1860 Burke and Wills expedition was both a triumph and a tragedy.
Criminals – Examine two sensational cases in Victorian legal history – the notorious 1920s gangster ‘Squizzy’ Taylor and the Colin Ross case. View the gallery of 'Female Felons'! Discover their stories here.
Victorian Democracy – Learn how gold miners of the 1850s helped to shape Victoria’s democratic future.

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Ongoing display


Documents on display change every 6 months due to conservation concerns. The next document changeover is scheduled for June 2019.

Victorian Archival Treasures is presented by the Old Treasury Building in partnership with Public Record Office Victoria.