The Victorian Archives Centre close Victorian Archives Centre Definition This is the main repository for Victorian government archives and the offices of Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) and National Archives Australia (NAA) Victoria branch. There is a joint reading room at the centre between PROV and the NAA at 99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne. Gallery is home to a new photographic exhibition featuring archival images alongside current-day street photography along the theme 'Of Kin and Kind', capturing communities in all their shapes and sizes. 



10am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) 
and the second and last Saturday of every month.  
Victorian Archives Centre
99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne


Image Gallery

On 2 February 2017, Carlton Football Club faced off against longstanding rivals Collingwood in a game with a difference – the first in the Australian Football League Women’s (AFLW) competition. While the success of the 2017 AFWL season has been applauded by many commentators as a revolution, it leverages off the long tradition of women’s concerted participation in Australian Rules Football. Since the early 20th Century, women’s teams and competitions have grown out of workplaces, rural populations and in Victoria had a close association with the established clubs.

“In 1933, while Melbourne was still in the grip of the Great Depression, the Carlton and Richmond Football Clubs hosted a women’s football match at Princes Park for charity. Carlton recruiters were over-run by young girls, older women and those in between, who were eager to wear the Blues’ guernsey.

Administrators from other sports voiced disapproval as elite netballers and track-and-field athletes flocked to train with the Carlton squad, who were coached by senior player Micky Crisp. Thousands of spectators attended and footage of the game was shown on a Cinesound newsreel.” (Rob Hess, The Conversation, 2017).


black and white photo of women playing football


For much of its history Melbourne was Australia's largest centre for manufacturing. In the 19th century, policies of import protection and tariffs, combined with government bonuses and subsidies offered to Victorian firms, helped grow local industries. Skilled craftspeople, including women, learnt their trades through apprenticeships, sometimes continuing on the family business. The Victorian Railways had its own watchmakers to service its many clocks, with the last remaining watchmaker operating out of the then Spencer Street Station (Southern Cross) in the early 1990s.

Up until at least the 1980s, clocks in Flinders Street and other central stations were wound by hand, and a manual system known as the clock clips involving dropped wire fingers in a mercury bath, ensured that the minute hand of suburban clocks were all synchronised on the hour, every hour.


black and white photo of men making watches


To see more images like these, alongside brilliant present-day street photography along the same theme 'Of Kin and Kind', visit the Archives Gallery at the Victorian Archives Centre.