The records tend to fall into four categories:
- general administration
- teachers & schools
- information from the former Education History Unit
Some of the records are closed if they are of a private or personal nature - closure may be for 50, 75 or 99 years - but most records can be accessed.
Two sets of numbers used:
- VA Victorian Agency
- VPRS Victorian Public Record Series
Pre 1848 there was no government control of education however some aid may have been made available to schools.
VPRS 19: 1839-1951 inward correspondence received by the government. There is an index and some items of correspondence have been digitised
VA 703 Denominational Schools Board was established 1848-1863
VA 920 Board of National Education
VA 919 National Schools Board
VA 713 1862-1873 Board of Education established
VA 714 1873 establishment of the Education Department (now Department of education and Training)
Searching collection using the VA or VPRS number
- Go to Access the Collection
- Select Find by Number
- Select the VA (agency) or VPRS (series) button
- Type in the number
From 1873 the information can be more detailed. There may be separate series for different functions. Memoranda & Circulars of the Education department are available from 1873-2001.
There are two types of school records:
- those created by the School
- those created by the Education Department
Until about 1920 files for each school kept together - after that information was chronological
Sometimes more than one school may be mentioned in a file particularly when there were part-time schools.
The PROV does not have records from all schools. Schools that are still operating may have some or all of their records at the school.
The PROV was established in 1973. Prior to that a unit at the State Library of Victoria held some government records. As records did not have to be kept prior to 1973 some records may not have survived.