Reading room

The Victorian Archives Centre reading room is operated jointly by the National Archives and the Public Record Office Victoria (PROV).

Victoria State Office – Melbourne

National Archives of Australia
Victorian Archives Centre
99 Shiel Street

Tel: (03) 9348 5600, Fax: (03) 9348 5628

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Opening hours

Reading room

10am to 4.30pm Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, closed public holidays.

Please note: Allow up to 48 hours for retrieval of records. You can send an advance request to view records.


Free wireless internet is available. There is an exhibition space on site.

Getting there

National Archives at the Victorian Archives Centre.
The National Archives in Melbourne is at the Victorian Archives Centre.

Car parking

Free all day car parking is available on site (enter via 112 Macaulay Road).


Route 57 (stop 16), Route 55 (stop 19), Route 59 (stop 19)


North Melbourne Station or Macaulay Station


Route 402 (every 10 minutes)


Visitors can call a taxi using the free public phone in the locker area.

Onsite accessibility

Wheelchair access

All public areas are wheelchair accessible.

Toilet facilities

A toilet with disabled facilities is on the ground floor.

Assistance animals

Visitors with recognised assistance animals, including guide and hearing dogs, are welcome.

The collection in Melbourne

Our Melbourne collection includes records of Commonwealth departments, statutory bodies, royal commissions, lighthouses, naval vessels, courts and tribunals. These records document a wide variety of Commonwealth government activities, including defence, migration, Aboriginal affairs, trade and veterans' affairs.

Although the records mainly date from Federation, they include a small quantity of 19th century records inherited from the colonies when certain functions, such as customs, postal and telegraphic services, defence and Aboriginal affairs, passed to the Commonwealth. Other notable holdings include meteorological records dating from 1840, records relating to customs dating from 1850s and records relating to the administration of Aboriginal affairs in Victoria from 1860.

The collection in Melbourne is especially rich because the original seat of the Commonwealth government was located there until 1927 and remained a centre for federal government activity until the 1960s. It documents the central offices of many departments of state including the Postmaster-Generals Department and the Departments of Labour and National Service, Civil Aviation and Defence.

Further information about the records collection of Public Record Office Victoria:

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