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What do I need to know?

You will need to know the original location name of subjects within the photographs (roads, bridges, locations), for example, Wonthaggi Road, or Bradshaw's Creek Bridge or use keywords specific to engineering techniques of the time e.g. lattice girder bridge or truss bridge etc 

This series consists of photographic negatives created by the Photographic Services Secti.n of the Country Roads Board (VA 722) from 1913 to 1973.

You cannot view a thumbnail of this collection, you will need to download the TIFF file link to view the image. 


How do I search?

The photographs are partially described and may include the following details:

  • Title (which may include a location, the name of a road or the type of work being completed)
  • Date (defaulting to 1st Jan if year only recorded)
  • Subject (which may include a location or other reference, such as the name of a road)
  • Caption (where recorded)
  • Negative number
  • Other reference number(s) used by the agency over time.

If you prefer, instead of using the search form below you can browse and download the digitised photographs.

Please note that the images are large, high resolution TIFF files, which may take some time to download.

Alternatively, you can conduct a search for images using the form below. 

About these records

In the 2000s, Roads Corporation (also known as VicRoads) (VA 2982) began digitising the negative collection to improve accessibility and ensure preservation. The digitisation process involved digitally scanning and converting the original hardcopy negatives into positive processed digital photographs.  

Who created these records?

The photographs in this series were taken by a variety of in-house photographers employed by the Country Roads Board (VA 722).


What are in these records?

Images in this series depict:

  • Construction of roads and bridges, including engineering techniques,
  • materials and machinery utilised to develop road networks,
  • staff and workers who contributed to the improvement of Victoria's roads,
  • documents about the implementation of road safety awareness into Victorian society.


Download the TIFF file in your browser to view the image. This collection is not able to be viewed as a thumbnail. 

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.

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