|Posted by Mark @ Archival Access Victoria on June 11, 2012 at 12:00 AM|
I’ve been on the phone lots over the past week trying to track down some school records that possibly don’t even exist or haven’t found their way to the PROV yet.
If a school is still open, you’ll find that they most likely have their old pupil registers still on site – and a quick phone call to the school can confirm this. I’ve found that most of the office staff at the schools I’ve contacted are aware if old pupil registers exist. And I haven’t been knocked back yet when asking if I can come out and view the records and digitise them too.
If the school has closed – two things may have occurred. One possibility is the records would have been sent to the Education Department and then passed on to the PROV. The second option is they went to the nearest school in the area – which is usually the case when a number of schools are consolidated into one. This is quite exciting when you contact a school enquiring about their records and you find out they not only have their old registers, but have records for various closed schools in the area!
I put a list together of school that have records down at the PROV (other than the usual building files, correspondence etc) which you can download here (MS Excel). I’ve done my best to sort the records by Shire / Local Government Area so you can easily see what records are available for your area of interest. If there are any schools from your area not on the list, let me know and I can make some calls to see what is available.
Something I’m keen on doing is combining a visit for a presentation with some onsite digitation of records (school or otherwise) – so if you’d like me to come and speak to your group and also know of some records in the area that you would like digitised, I can make a day of it!