Preserving Victoria’s local history

Commissioner Meye presents ambulance certificates in 1953, in an image from the Public Record Office Victoria.

Local historians and community groups across Victoria can now apply for a share in $350,000 to preserve, record and share Victoria’s rich history.

On Monday 11 January, Minister for Government Services Danny Pearson announced the Local History Grants Program is now accepting applications of up to $15,000 per project, managed by Public Record Office Victoria.

The last round of the Local History Grants Program saw 53 community groups across Victoria share local history projects, which included:

– Care Leavers Australasia for their exhibition of care leavers’ stories using public records of institutions in Geelong

– Chinese Australian Family Historians of Victoria for their online database to make Chinese Australian travel records publicly available

– Deaf Children Australia for their work to catalogue their 157-year history.

Other projects showed the importance of making local history accessible to Victorians online including virtual tours, walking apps, e-books, online digitisation projects and oral histories.

Applications close at midnight on Tuesday 9 March 2021.

To apply, visit