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Koorie Records Unit

The Koorie Records Unit promotes awareness about Aboriginal records within the Public Record Office Victoria collection and aims to improve accessibility of these records to the Aboriginal community.

The Koorie Records Unit:  

  • provides a culturally sensitive Koorie Reference Service to provide support and advice to Aboriginal people wishing to access records relevant to their personal and community histories 

  • develops resources, programs and initiatives that increase the knowledge, accessibility and use of Victoria's unique collection of government records relating to Aboriginal people. 


Koorie Reference Service

Aboriginal artwork

Services for First Peoples - submit an online enquiry

Aboriginal Victorians family history

Colour image of documents and Lake Tyers plan.

Step by step guide to using archives

Aboriginal Victorians (1830s – 1970s)

Colour plan showing proposed church to be built on the Aboriginal Reserve

Locating records about Victorian Aboriginal people

Finding your story

Vicki Couzens artwork

Resource manual to the records of the Stolen Generations in Victoria

Koorie stories from the archives

A colour image of the front page from the Coranderrk Petition 27 September 1886

Stories about Victorian Aboriginal families and communities utilising archival records

Koorie index of names (1839-1946)

An image of a historical spiral petition

Tool to search selected Government records about Aboriginal people by name

Victorian Stolen Generations services


Finding help and assistance for your research journey

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