Thursday, April 18, 2013

Public Record Office Victoria

The Public Record Office Victoria is the archives centre for the State Government of Victoria.  They "hold approximately 100 kms of records from the mid 1830s to today".

There are many records which have been digitised with more being added regularly (follow their blog for updates).

A visit to the archives centre is a must for anyone researching family history in Victoria.

The records that I use predominantly are

1.  Passenger Lists
  • Index to Unassisted Inward Passengers to Victoria 1852 - 1923
  • Index to Assisted British Immigrants to Victoria 1839 - 1871
2.  Wills and Probate Records for 1841-1925 are available online

Some of the other records held by the Public Records Office Victoria which may be of interest to family history researchers include:

  • Adoption and Wardship
  • Court Cases
  • Education & Teacher Records
  • Inquests
  • Mental Health Records
  • Parish & Township Plans
  • Prisoner and Convict Records

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  1. I wish I could find prisoner and convict records for California, USA. sigh.

    1. I don't know much (anything) about American research. Aren't they available? Australia is very good.