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What do I need to know?

The negatives in this series were accumulated by the Publications Unit of the Department of Education and Training. They depict school buildings, school students, teachers, maps, educational activities and other education-related subject-matter.

There are 18,000 negatives which date from circa 1950 to 1967. This series was transferred from the Education History Unit of the Department of Education and Training.

How do I search?

The subject matter varies dramatically, photographs of all school subjects and school materials, like reference books, exist in this series.

Search by place name, subject, type or simple keyword, for example, camp, technical, Kingfisher,  Melbourne

Who created these records?

This record series was created by:

Education Department 1967 (VA 714)

Agencies responsible for this record series:

Department of Education 1992 - present (VA 3098)

To browse a full list of the items in this series go to the Series landing page:

VPRS 14517 Negatives of Photographs [Publications Branch]

What are in these records?

The series offers an insight into the school curriculum offered by Victorian public schools from 1950-1967 and school buildings.

  • Pages from reference books 
  • Technical schools and classrooms e.g plastering, motor mechanics 
  • Australian flora and fauna 
  • Australian manufacturing
  • Camp activities 
  • Newspaper articles 
  • Significant dignitaries 
  • School buildings 

These records provide evidence of past attitudes held by government officials and other individuals and may contain information which may be culturally insensitive or inappropriate.

Material in the Public Record Office Victoria archival collection contains words and descriptions that reflect attitudes and government policies at different times which may be insensitive and upsetting

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples should be aware the collection and website may contain images, voices and names of deceased persons.

PROV provides advice to researchers wishing to access, publish or re-use records about Aboriginal Peoples