Women and the Criminal Justice System - A FREE event at PROV

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 01:00 PM


Victorian Archives Centre
99 Shiel St
North Melbourne, VIC 3051
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Event contact

Nikki Henningham

03 8344 7803

The Australian Women's Archives Project (AWAP) and Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) invite you to a special event in March, investigating the topic of Women and the Criminal Justice System in Victoria.

Keynote speaker, Amber Evangelista, will talk about her work as curator on the important exhibition at the Victoria Police Museum, Agents of Change: One Hundred Years of Women in Policing in Victoria.

Other speakers include:

Helen Morgan, who will talk about how PROV records have helped her understand the links between poverty and crime in her own family history searches.

Charlie Farrugia will provide a demonstration of the new web pages developed by PROV to assist researchers find the key sources in the PROV collection relating to criminal justice in Victoria.

Nikki Henningham will talk about some important Victorian women who were trailblazing lawyers in Australian legal history, through a demonstration of the AWAP project Australian Women Lawyers as Active Citizens.

Biographical Notes

Amber Evangelista is a historian and museum professional and most recently curated the exhibition Agents of Change at the Victoria Police Museum. She began her career as a research assistant intern at Public Record Office Victoria, going on to work on major exhibitions at the Old Treasury Building, the Museum of Australian Democracy and Eureka, and the National Trust. She is currently a curator at the Victoria Police Museum.

Charlie Farrugia is Public Record Office Victoria's Senior Collections Advisor and has worked there for over 30 years. He also represents PROV on the AWAP Victoria Committee.

Helen Morgan is an archivist and co-editor of the Australian Women’s Register. She is also a committed family historian researching the women and children in her family in nineteenth century Victoria, and can’t stay away from Public Record Office Victoria!

Nikki Henningham is an oral historian and co-editor of the Australian Women's Register. She is currently collecting interviews for the Invisible Farmer Project.

For any queries, please contact Nikki Henningham: [email protected]

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The History Council of Victoria acknowledges the State Library of Victoria and the Public Record Office Victoria for supply of the archival images that appear on this website.

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Image credits

  • Italian sailors on ship at Port Melbourne 1938, Argus Newspaper Collection of Photographs, State Library of Victoria
  • Chinese procession in Collins near Elizabeth Street 1901, Harvie & Sutcliffe, photographers, State Library of Victoria
  • People’s homes, Aboriginal station Coranderrk 1878, Fred Kruger Photographer, State Library of Victoria
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  • Ladies physical culture class VRI Melbourne c1931, Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 12903/P0001, 011/02
  • Melbourne Cup, Derby and Oaks Day, Flemington Racecourse 1936, Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 12903/P0001/4802, 372/30
  • Flinders Street viaduct at foot of Market Street with advertisement for McRobertson’s Chocolate on bridge, Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 12800/P0003, ADV 1342