Last updated:

November 3, 2021

What do I need to know?

  • If you're searching for a school, the school name, former name or number
  • You may also choose to search by date range or subject (for example "jubilee")

How do I search?

Type a school number, or a subject of interest into the search box.

Note: to view photographs you've ordered, please allow two days for them to transition from our cold storage area to room temperature. 


About these records

There are many series in the collection which include photographs of Victorian state schools from the 1890s to 1993. The date range, content, quantity and quality of the photographs varies markedly across the series. A small sample of those photographic collections is available on our Flickr site. Many of these photographs are black and white.

A detailed, searchable listing is available for many, but not all, relevant series of photographs - you can access those using the search above. To explore one of the larger unlisted series more deeply, read about VPRS 14516  Index to File Prints and Negatives of Photographs for information on how to access records in VPRS 14515 File Prints of Photographs. Or, simply start by ordering the index for viewing in the North Melbourne Reading Room.

Next Steps

Once you have found records of interest to you, order them online and then view in our Reading Room.

Note: to view these photographs please allow two days to transition from the cool room. 

What are in these records?

  • photographic negatives of school buildings
  • schools
  • school students
  • teachers
  • maps
  • educational activities
  • university and TAFE photographs
  • schools sports
  • specialty schools, e.g technical schools

Tip! We have some school photos already digitised in our Flickr collection.

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