FAQ - Education
What education records do you have?
Public Record Office Victoria holds the records of over one thousand educational institutions including primary and secondary schools, Colleges of Advanced Education, the Victorian Institute of Colleges and some tertiary bodies. While some records about government regulation of private schools are held, the records of private schools themselves are not. There are also a number of Royal Commissions and Boards of Inquiry relating to Education. Have a look at the Education page for more information.
Do you have records for specific schools?
PROV holds records for many different schools. To find out if PROV does hold records for the school in which you are interested, you can do an advanced search using the school name. Check out the Education page for more information.
Do you have records for state, private and catholic schools?
Although the records of private schools are not held by PROV, some records about the government regulation of private schools are.
For records about National Schools, Denominational Schools, grants to schools (especially grants of land), use PROV’s Online Catalogue to search VA 475 Chief Secretary, VA 919 National School Board and VA 703 Denominational School Board. Check out the Education page for more information.
For information about Catholic School records, check out Catholic School Records
Do you have records for schools that are still operating?
The majority of school records held by PROV are for schools that have closed although there are some records available for schools that are still open. To find out if PROV does hold records for the school in which you are interested, you can do an advanced search using the school name. Check out the Education page for more information. If you are unable to find records in PROV's collection for a school that is still operating, contact the school directly.
Can I find my school reports at PROV?
No, PROV does not hold copies of an individual's school reports.
Can I get a copy of my school photo?
There are very few student photos in the records held by PROV. You might get very lucky though by refering to the question relating to specific school records.
What are teacher record books?
VPRS 13718 Teacher Record Books 1863 – 1959 is a series which contains records of teachers who worked in Victorian public schools. Although the information contained within the volumes does change over the years, essentially an entry states the teacher's name, their date of birth, (sometimes) their place of birth, the Roll No. ( or the School Number), their Classification (this is that of the teacher, based on assessment, promotions etc.), the date the teacher commenced at a particular school and remarks.
How do I look at teacher record books?
Use the online index - VPRS 13719 Database Index to Teacher Record Books to search for teachers’ names and locate teacher record numbers. These numbers can be used to locate a teacher record in the microfilm in one of PROV's reading rooms and the information can then be printed if required.
Can I get a copy of my old school's plans?
For records concerning the construction and maintenance of school buildings, look at PWD Building Services Agency Plans
Do you have apprenticeship records at PROV?
PROV holds a portion of records relating to apprenticeships in Victoria, but does not hold apprenticeship certificates. For example, Victorian Public Record Series 11758 Apprenticeship and Employer Data Reports (1976 -1990) contains a listing of apprentices by registration number, alphabetically by surname and a listing of employers by registration number.
For information on apprenticeship certificates please contact the Apprenticeship Help Line (Office of Training and Tertiary Education) on 1300 722 603.