Our network of community archives preserving Victoria's history 

Community archives, or officially Places of Deposit (PODs), are community facilities such as mechanics’ institutes and historical societies that preserve public records of local significance.

State Government records held in a Place of Deposit ( POD ) remain under the control of Public Record Office Victoria. Agencies wishing to place records into PODs must first obtain approval from Public Record Office Victoria.

Click here to view a full list of PODs and their locations on a larger map.


Community Collections

A range of historical societies, museums and genealogical organisations around regional and metropolitan Victoria have been appointed to hold temporary public records in their collections.  PROV works with these organisations to support them in caring for public records, providing access to them and authorising the transfer of public records into their collections.  This Victoria-wide network is growing steadily.  You can browse a list of Places of Deposit on the map here.

The Bendigo Regional Archives Centre (BRAC) is a POD and holds records created by private bodies and Victorian government agencies located in the Central Goldfields region of Victoria.  The collection includes local government and court records and also private collections and business records.   BRAC holds a mix of permanent and temporary public records and became a POD in 2007.  The Centre has been established through a collaborative partnership between Public Record Office Victoria, the City of Greater Bendigo and the Goldfields Library Corporation.

Accessing public records at Bendigo

Public records held by the Bendigo Regional Archives Centre can be searched via this website.  To view records, visit the centre in which the records are located and place your order, as record orders cannot be made online. 

BRAC opening hours

Wednesday and Thursday (except for public holidays)

1pm – 5pm


First Floor, Bendigo Library

Goldfields Library Corporation

251 – 259 Hargreaves Street



03 5449 2700



The Geelong Heritage Centre is a POD and it holds an extensive range of public and private records, newspapers, maps, plans, photographs, catalogues, indexes and a substantial library relating to the Barwon region of Victoria.  The collection includes permanent and temporary public records.  The Geelong Heritage Centre was one of the first PODs established in Victoria. See the Geelong Heritage Centre website for their opening hours, contact details and services: http://www.geelongaustralia.com.au/heritage/