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Deakin University Archives

The University Archives collects and maintains records of and relating to Deakin University and its predecessor institutions. These have been appraised as having permanent value as evidence of university business and activities or are determined to have a specific research or teaching value in an area of particular importance or relevance to the university. This includes:

  • the official records of the University such as Council, Academic Board and of the many administrative offices which control the functions of the university,
  • records of significant people associated with the university such as those of founding Dean of Humanities Max Charlesworth,
  • records of significant institutions, organisations and societies associated with the University, including Deakin's student associations.
  • records relating to areas of particular importance or relevance to the university that are considered to benefit teaching and research activities. Examples include the records of the Fourth University Committee, and the Football Federation of Victoria archive.

The University Archives provides services which make those records accessible to the University community, to researchers and to the general public.

Records of antecedent institutions held by the Archives include those of: (if list too much info. use link to family tree instead).

  • Warrnambool Institute of Advanced Education
  • Geelong Teachers’ College
  • The Gordon Institute
  • Victoria College
  • Burwood Teachers’ College
  • Burwood State College
  • Glendonald
  • Glenbervie
  • Toorak Teachers’ College
  • Toorak State College
  • Mercer House
  • Monash Teachers’ College
  • Rusden State College
  • Prahran Technical School
  • Prahran College of Advanced Education

Information for Researchers

Archives staff handle most enquiries via telephone and email. Records are made available to staff, students and outside researchers in the reference area by appointment.

Citing the University Archives

When reproducing or referring to University Archives in a publication or paper an archives citation can be abbreviated or expanded and should identify:

  • the archives institution holding the record
  • the record series of which the record is part
  • the record item itself (if available)

Examples of citations

Elements of citationExpandedAbbreviated
InstitutionDeakin University Archives DUA
Record Series Series 34, Council minutes and papers, 1971-1981DUS 34
Record Item Item 2 Council papers 1971Item 2

Information for Staff

Archives staff handle enquiries related to the University's records via telephone and email. Records can be made available onsite by appointment.

Archives staff provide an appraisal service to all university faculties, departments and centres to determine records of permanent value which can be transferred to the Archives.

Archives staff are also available to assist with course-based teaching and learning strategies, using our collections as subject matter for student engagement. We can tailor our involvement to suit, from one-off classes on archival research to ongoing supervision of archives-based projects.

Enquiries are also welcome from academic staff who would like guidance about the transfer of records they no longer require for their own use.

Archival projects

Online Exhibitions

Online Resources

Deakin Family Tree and Antecedent Institutions History

Larnook Teachers’ College – 1952-1973

'Larnook' home economics teacher training school operated in Armadale from 1952 until 1973 when, as a result of the State College of Victoria Act 1 972, aII State teachers· colleges ceased to be administered by the Education Department and became autonomous institutions in the field of tertiary education. Within the State College of Victoria, Larnook Teachers' College was amalgamated under the title of The State College of Victoria -Rusden.

Toorak Teachers’ College – 1951-1973 

Toorak Teachers College was established in 1951 by the Victorian Education Department to train primary school teachers in response to a growing population of primary school aged children in Victoria. Initially operating as Glenbervie in Toorak it moved to the home of Stonnington in 1957 and became the Toorak Teachers’ College. It operated until 1972 when as a result of the State College of Victoria Act 1972 it became a constituent college of the State Colleges of Victoria and became known as Toorak State College.

Toorak State College – 1973-1981

In 1973 Toorak Teachers’ College became the Toorak State College / State Colleges of Victoria (Toorak). It operated until 1981 when it became part of a group of State Colleges and the Prahran College of Advanced Education to merge to become Victoria College.

Burwood Teachers’ College – 1954-1973

Burwood Teachers College was established in 1954 by the Victorian Education Department to train primary school teachers in response to a growing population of primary school aged children in Victoria. It operated until 1972 when it became Burwood State College.

Burwood State College – 1973-1981

In 1973 the Burwood Teachers’ College became the Burwood State College / State Colleges of Victoria (Burwood). It operated until 1981 when it became part of a group of State Colleges and the Prahran College of Advanced Education to merge to become Victoria College.

Rusden State College – 1973-1981

Rusden State College was established in 1973 with the merging of the Monash Teachers' College, the Glendonald Training Center for Teachers of the Deaf and Larnook Teachers Colleges. In 1981 it formed part of Victoria College.

Geelong Teachers College – 1950-1973

Geelong Teachers’ College was officially opened on 31 January 1950. It became the fourth teachers' college in Victoria. The College offered teacher education programs for primary teachers under the direct control of the Education Department. It operated until 1973 when it became the State College of Victoria at Geelong.

Geelong State College – 1973-1977

In 1973 the Geelong Teachers' College changed its name to the Geelong State College / State College of Victoria (Geelong). On April 1 1977 the State College of Victoria at Geelong merged with the Gordon Institute of Technology to form Deakin University.

Warrnambool Institute of Advanced Education – 1970-1977

The Warrnambool Institute of Advanced Education began operation in 1970 offering degree and diploma courses together with a range of technical and further education offerings. It progressed to include various undergraduate and postgraduate programs in aquaculture, arts, business, nursing, municipal engineering, applied science and teaching. In 1990, as a result of the Dawkins higher education reforms, the Institute merged with Deakin University and became its Warrnambool campus.

Prahran Technical School – 1915-1970

The Prahran Technical School was registered with the Victorian Education Department in 1915 Specialising in art and artistic trades it had both junior and senior sections, a boys’ school and later a girls’ school. It operated until 19790 when it became the known as the Prahran College of Technology

Prahran College of Technology – 1970-1974 / Prahran College of Advanced Education – 1974- 1981

The Prahran College of Technology was established in 1970 out of the former Prahran Technical School and was a part of the Victorian Institute of Colleges. It was renamed the Prahran College of Advanced Educationin 1973 and operated until December 1981 when it was merged with Toorak State College, Burwood State College and the State College of Rusden to become a constituent College of Victoria College

Victoria College - 1981-1991

Victoria College came into existence in December 1981 when Prahran College of Advanced Education along with the State Colleges of Burwood, Toorak and Rusden were amalgamated. It commenced operations in 1982 and operated as multi-campus College of Advanced Education until 1991 when it was merged with Deakin University.

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