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The purpose of Provenance is to foster access to the archival holdings of Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) and communicate the relevance of this collection to the wider Victorian community.

Provenance journal publishes peer-reviewed articles, as well as other written contributions, that contain research drawing on records in PROV’s collection.

The records held by PROV contain a wealth of information regarding Victorian people, places, communities, events, policies, institutions, infrastructure, governance and law. Provenance provides a forum for scholarly publication drawing on the full diversity of these records.

Contact the Editor
Please direct any queries, comments and submissions regarding Provenance to the editor, who can be contacted by email at or by telephone on (03) 9348 5600, or post to:

The Editor, Provenance
Public Record Office Victoria
PO Box 2100
North Melbourne Victoria 3051

Editorial Board

The editorial board includes representatives of:

  • Public Record Office Victoria access services
  • the peak bodies of PROV’s major user and stakeholder groups
  • the archives, records and information management professions.

An editor is appointed to the board to coordinate production of the journal and the activities of the editorial board. All board members are appointed to the board by the PROV Director and Keeper of Public Records for a period of two years.

  • Tsari Anderson, Editor, Provenance; Coordinator, Koorie Records Unit, Public Record Office Victoria
  • Dr David ‘Fred’ Cahir, Associate Professor of Aboriginal History, Federation University Australia
  • Dr Sebastian Gurciullo, Assistant Editor, Provenance; Project Officer, Collection Management, Public Record Office Victoria
  • Dr Adrian Jones OAM, Associate Professor of History, La Trobe University
  • Dr Mike Jones, Postdoctoral Fellow, Indigenous and Colonial Histories, University of Tasmania
  • Dr James Lesh, Lecturer, Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies, Deakin University
  • Dr Seamus O’Hanlon, Associate Professor of History, Monash University
  • Jenny Redman, Genealogical Society of Victoria
  • Katherine Sheedy, Professional Historians Association (Vic) Inc.
  • Dr Judith Smart, Adjunct Professor, RMIT University; Principal Fellow, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Rachel Standfield, Lecturer, Indigenous Studies, University of Melbourne

All dealings between authors, referees and the editorial board should be directed to the journal editor in the first instance.

Assessment of submitted articles
Assessment of all submitted articles is overseen by the editor in consultation with the editorial board. All articles intended for the peer-reviewed section of the journal undergo double-blind peer review by at least two referees with expertise relevant to the submitted article. The editorial board also makes recommendations regarding the publication of informal articles in the Forum Section. For guidelines and information for authors interested in submitting an article to Provenance, see the Author Guidelines.

Open access policy
Provenance is an Open Access journal, which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition of Open Access.

Archiving of journal
Provenance is archived regularly in PANDORA, Australia’s Web Archive, which is a growing collection of Australian online publications, established initially by the National Library of Australia in 1996, and now built in collaboration with nine other Australian libraries and cultural collecting organisations.

The name, PANDORA, is an acronym that encapsulates the web archive's mission: Preserving and Accessing Networked Documentary Resources of Australia.

Since 2015, the journal has been aggregated and indexed as full text on the Informit Humanities and Social Science database.

Authors who contribute to Provenance must clear any copyright for material and images in their articles before their articles are published. This includes any materials that have been reproduced in the submitted article that authors may have published elsewhere.

It is the responsibility of the author to supply copies and copyright clearances for all images or other material that will be published in the article.

Once an article is accepted for publication in the journal, authors will be asked to sign an agreement that will permit Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) to publish their article in the Provenance journal, and within full-text databases of content aggregators (such as RMIT's Informit service) with which PROV has entered into partnership  to expand the reach and discoverability of published articles through online search engines and scholarly research databases. If you need further details about this arrangement email the editor

Copyright in each article remains with the author of the relevant article. Authors retain the right to re-publish their articles elsewhere at any time subject to acknowledgment of prior publication in Provenance.

Users of the Provenance website may have rights to reproduce material from this site under provisions of the Commonwealth of Australia’s Copyright Act 1968. In addition to any such rights, unless there is a statement to the contrary, the author of each article has given permission for physical or electronic copies of the text and graphics in that article to be made for classroom or research use, provided:

  • copies are distributed at or below cost
  • the author and Provenance are attributed on each copy
  • notice of relevant copyright ownership is attached to each copy
  • the editor, Provenance, is notified of the use within one calendar month of use.

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