These websites are for research within the State of Victoria.
Alphabetical Index to Central Register of Male Prisoners (VA 1464) Penal and Gaols Branch, Chief Secretary's Department, 1868 – 1947
This alphabetical index should be used to find registration numbers for male prisoners received into prisons in the Melbourne area between 1868 and 1947. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by the first letter of their surnames. Because of the overlapping chronological arrangement of each of the volumes listed above, you may need to consult more than one volume to locate the prisoner name for which you are searching.
With the exception of volume (or unit) 2, the alphabetical listings include the registration
number, prisoner name, and the volume and page number of the register in which their details can be found. Volume 2 lists only the registration number and prisoner name. To obtain further prisoner information, take note of registration, volume and page numbers (if available) to order the required volume (unit) of VPRS 515/P0 Central Register of Male Prisoners through the website for viewing in the Victorian Archives Centre Reading Room.
Alphabetical Index to Central Register of Female Prisoners (VA 1464) Penal and Gaols Branch, Chief Secretary's Department, 1857 – 1948
This alphabetical index should be used to find registration numbers for female prisoners
received into custody at Victorian prisons between 1857 and 1948. Prisoners are listed
alphabetically by the first letter of their surnames. Because of the overlapping chronological arrangement of the two volumes listed above, you may need to consult both to locate the prisoner name for which you are searching.
The alphabetical listings include the registration number, prisoner name, and the volume and page number of the register in which their details can be found. To obtain further prisoner information, take note of the registration, volume and page numbers to view the appropriate sheet of the microfiche copy of the register VPRS 516/P1 Central Register of Female Prisoners in PROV reading rooms
Alphabetical Lists of Patients in Asylums (VA 2863) Hospitals for the Insane Branch
Details recorded for each patient in most of the volumes include their full name, nationality, last known address, relative's address, discharge details (including death). Volumes 7 and 8 only include information about where patients were transferred from and their discharge details. These records can provide dates of admission to allow researchers to locate patient records in the case books for each of the asylums (except for Cremorne) corresponding to the volumes in the present series.
Unit 1 (Yarra Bend), 26 Oct 1848 – 11 Nov 1912 (PDF file, 61.6 MB)
Unit 2 (Collingwood) 1864 - 1871 (PDF file, 6.9 MB)
Unit 3 (Ararat) 1867 - 1884 (PDF file, 21.6 MB)
Unit 4 (Beechworth) 1867 - 1884 (PDF file, 14.9 MB)
Unit 5 (Cremorne) 1867 - 1884 (PDF file, 7.5 MB)
Unit 6 (Kew) 1871 - 1884 (PDF file, 49.2 MB)
Unit 7 (Ballarat) 1877 - 1884 (PDF file, 4.5 MB)
Unit 8 (Sunbury) 1879 - 1884 (PDF file, 9.0 MB)
Anglesea & District Family History Group
We are a non-profit organisation staffed by volunteer members, whose aim is to research and preserve our local history. We welcome new members, if you would like to join our friendly group.
We meet every second Thursday of the month at 10:00 am, with speakers on a variety of topics to suit the family historian. Address: 5a McMillan Street, Anglesea.
Ararat Asylum, 1867-1906
The register contains an alphabetical list of patients admitted to the Ararat Asylum with dates of their admission and discharge. Male patients are listed on the left-hand of each two-page spread and female patients on the right. The volume is arranged alphabetically by the first letter of patients' surnames and then chronologically by date of admission within each alphabetical grouping. Alphabetical listings of male patients are found on left-hand pages and female patients on right-hand pages. Accordingly, the page images alternate between male and female lists.
AUS-VIC-BELLARINE-PENINSULA Mailing List
AUS-VIC-GIPPSLAND Mailing List
Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies
Avoca & District Historical Society
Ballarat & District Genealogical Society
Ballarat & District Maps
Ballarat Public Records Office
Ballarat Nominal Register of Patients 1893 – 1907
Patients admitted to the Ballarat Asylum between May 1893 and March 1907 have their admission and discharge dates recorded in this volume. The volume is arranged alphabetically by the first letter of patients' surnames and then chronologically by date of admission within each alphabetical grouping. Alphabetical listings of male patients are found on left-hand pages and female patients on right-hand pages. Accordingly, the page images alternate between male and female lists.
Details include patient's name in full, date of admission, date of discharge, transfer or death, and how discharged. The register was created to record the names of all patients on the books of the Ballarat Asylum, which included both patients in residence and those out on trial leave.
Nominal Register of Patients Ballarat Sunbury, 1877 – 1907
The register contains an alphabetical list of patients admitted to Ballarat Asylum for the period
1877 to 1879 and subsequently to the Sunbury Asylum for the period 1879 to 1907. The volume
is arranged alphabetically by the first letter of patients' surnames and then chronologically by
date of admission within each alphabetical grouping
Register of Patients Ballarat &Sunbury, 1877–1920
This register is a chronological record of patients admitted to Ballarat Asylum for the period 1877 to 1879 and subsequently to the Sunbury Asylum for the period 1879 to 1920. Each volume contains an alphabetical index of patients' names for finding the page number upon which the patient's entry will be found. The entries in each volume are arranged chronologically by the patient's date of admission. You should consult the volume which corresponds to the date range in which you think the patient was admitted.
The first 44 pages of the first unit of this series list patients admitted to the Ballarat Asylum between 1877 and 1880 and who were subsequently transferred to Sunbury.
Beechworth Asylum CaseBooks of Male Patients 1867-1912
This volumes contains case histories of male patients admitted to Beechworth Asylum between 24 Oct 1867 and 25 April 1912. Case histories were recorded chronologically by date of admission of the patient.
Beechworth Case Books of Female Patients 1878 – 1912
These volumes contain case histories of female patients admitted to Beechworth Asylum between 1878 and 1912. Case histories were recorded chronologically by date of admission of the patient. Volumes 2 and 4 begin with alphabetical list of patients' names for finding the page number of their case history. For volumes 1-3, there is generally a two page spread for each patient's case history, with the patient's name at the top of the left-hand page, and the date of admittance at the top of the right-hand page. Volume 4 generally has 4 pages set aside for each patient (sometimes with an accompanying photograph of the patient).
Beechworth : Burke Museum
Bendigo Cemeteries Trust
Bendigo Register of Patients Receiving Ward 1874 – 1908
This series records the admission details of all patients admitted to the Bendigo Receiving Ward, at the Bendigo Hospital. Patient's admission details are arranged chronologically by date of admission. Each entry is allocated a sequential admission number. Male and female patients are listed together.
If you find an image of a page with a patient's name, you will need to look at the following image to see the rest of that patient's details. Information that can be found on each two-page spread include the patient's name, the date of admission, age, name and address of nearest relative or friend, bodily disease if any, mental disease, whether discharged or transferred, or cured, and the number of days in the lunatic ward of the hospital.
Bellarine Historical Society
Bendigo Regional Genealogical Society
Burke Museum, Beechworth
Castlemaine Historical Society
Central Highlands Historical Association
Central Register of Male Prisoners [selected volumes only]
Many units from this series are closed to public access as they have been water damaged in the past and are fragile. Because of the damage, pages may be difficult to read.
Instructions: Enter a prisoner name or number below to bring up a downloadable copy of the related page. You can obtain these from the VPRS 10867/P0 Alphabetical Index to the Central Register of Male Prisoners also available online. See Additional Help for help viewing the images.
Chelsea & District Historical Society
Cohuna & District Historical Society (Vic)
Collingwood Asylum Register of Patients 1866 – 1873
This register records the admission details of patients admitted to the Collingwood Asylum. Patients' entries are arranged chronologically by date of admission. The volume has an alphabetical index at the beginning to help you locate the page where a patient's entry can be found.
Details that can be found on each two-page spread include date of last/previous admission, number in order of admission, the patient`s full name, age, sex, marital status, previous place of abode and the date of the medical certificates provided. Details concerning the form of mental disorder, the supposed cause of insanity and the type and duration of attack are also given, as is the date of discharge, removal or death.
Browse the index (which is found at the beginning of the volume) to find the name of the patient you are looking for. Then browse the images that follow the index images to locate the required page number at the top of each right-hand page. Patient information will be spread across this image and the one immediately preceding it.
Cornish Association of Bendigo and District Inc.
Cornish Association of Victoria
Court of Insolvency Melbourne Index to Certificate of Discharge 1848-1875
Search this database to access records of individuals or companies that received certificates of discharge between 1848 and 1875 that are contained in VPRS 75 Certificate of Discharge
Index to Court of Petty Sessions Register of Applications for Victorian Old-age Pension, North Melbourne, 1902-c.1908
A searchable transcription of a list of applicants for the old age pension (or their family members) in North Melbourne between 1902 and c. 1908.
Creswick & Clunes Advertiser
DPS (Dead Person's Society) Melbourne
Deaths at Eureka
Dimboola & District Historical Society
Divorce Cause Books Index, Supreme Court of Victoria, 1861 – 1924
This series is an index of people who lodged petitions for divorce with the Supreme Court of Victoria between 1861 and 1924. Details given are the names of the petitioner for the divorce, the respondent and any co-respondents to the petition and the case number assigned by the Supreme Court.
Dromana & District Historical Society
Echuca/Moama Family History Group
Essendon Historical Society Inc
Footscray Historical Society
Geelong Index to Court of Insolvency Records [1855-57 portion only]
Search this index to identify records of insolvency cases heard by the Geelong Court of Insolvency between 1855 and 1857.
Geelong Cemetery Search
Geelong Family History Group
Geelong Historical Records Centre
Geelong Historical Society
Geelong Naval & Maritime Museum
Geelong & District Online Records
There are a number of on-line searchable databases as well as files / lists of information or names. In total there are more than 500,000 entries in the databases or files - and this number is regularly increasing as more information is added.
Unless otherwise stated, databases / files refer to the region - Geelong & District. The "boundary" of this region is very loosely an arc from Cape Otway, north to below Ballarat, and across to Werribee.
Large on-line searchable databases are marked in bold.
Genealogical & Historical Societies in Northern & Western Victoria, Australia
Genealogical Society of Victoria
Gippsland West Genealogical Society Inc
Governors of Victoria
Graytown Residents 1869-1877
Hamilton History Centre
Hastings and Westernport Historical Society
Heyfield Family History Group
High Country Heritage & Research CentreHorsham Historical Society
Index to Special Case Files, Education Department 1862-1977
The files on this page contain the complete text of the volumes in the series and are very large. The files will take some time to download entirely.
Index to Unassisted Inward Passenger Lists to Victoria 1852-1923
You can search this list for names of passengers who boarded ships to Victoria, Australia from overseas ports between 1852 and 1923. 'Unassisted' passengers' fares were not subsidised by government.
Index to Assisted British Immigration 1839-1871
Search this list for names of immigrants from Britain to Victoria, Australia between 1839 and 1871. These immigrants were 'assisted', meaning in most cases that their passage was subsidised by the Victorian Government.
Index to Outward Passengers to Interstate, UK, NZ and Foreign Ports 1852-1886
This database is a searchable list of passengers travelling on ships leaving Victoria.
Jamieson & District Historical Society
Keilor Historical Society
Kew Nominal Register of Patients 1871 - 1906
The register contains an alphabetical list of patients at the Kew Asylum and Kew Cottages, with dates of their admission and discharge. Alphabetical listings of male patients are found on lefthand pages and female patients on right-hand pages. Accordingly, the page images alternate between male and female lists.
Kew Asylum Register of Patients 1871-1914
The register contains an alphabetical list of patients at the Kew Asylum, recording dates of admission and discharge. Researchers should select the volume which covers the period they believe the patient was admitted.
Alphabetical listings of male patients are found on left-hand pages and female patients on righthand pages of the original volume
Kew Register of Patients 1871-1919
This register records the admission details of patients admitted to the Kew Asylum. Patients' entries are arranged chronologically by date of admission. Each volume has an alphabetical index at the beginning to help you locate the page where a patient's entry can be found. Details recorded for each patient include their name, date of admission, admission number, date of last previous admission, age, marital status, occupation, previous place of abode, religion, and once examined by a medical officer, the form of mental disorder and state of physical health.
Kilmore Historical Society
Kilmore Mechanics' InstituteKnox Historical Society
Lamplough Residents 1859-1860
Melbourne's Unemployed during the 1890's depression
Mildura & District Genealogical Society IncMining Accidents IndexMoama/Echuca - Family History
GroupMornington Peninsula Family History Society
Mornington Peninsula Computer Genealogists
Mortlake & District Historical Society
Mt.Rouse & District Historical Society
Narre Warren & District Family History Group
National Trust of Australia (Victoria)
National Wool Museum, Geelong
OZ Gen Link
Police Magistrate, Duties Register, Portland Bay 1840-1853
The records contained in this volume, commonly known as the Portland Magistrate's Book, document a number of different government activities. It is a snapshot of daily life in the district of Portland in the 1840s.
Some of the major contents of the volume include: Salaries of Police at Portland; Unfixed contingent accounts; Return of arms, ammunition and accoutrements for the service of the constabulary; Register of licenses to slaughter cattle; Issue of various licenses and certificates in the Portland district; Quarterly returns of leg irons, handcuffs and marching chains at the Portland police station; Particulars of Ticket of Leave holders; List of convicts who had obtained their freedom.
Port Fairy Historical Society
Port Phillip Pioneers GroupPortland History House
Probate Indexes Online for Victoria 1841 - 2013
Public Record Office Victoria - On-line indexes
Queenscliffe Historical Museum
Register of Convicts (VA 856) Colonial Secretary's Office, c.1838 – 1852
This register contains a number of lists relating to the management of convicts in the Port Phillip District (from 1851, Victoria). Consult the index at the front of the volume for specific lists contained in it. Please note that the list for 'Runaways' was missing from the volume at the time of digitisation.
Rootsweb Mailing Lists
Royal Historical Society of Victoria
Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens and Related Organisations, 1857-1991
This database gives access to records of the Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens and related organisations
Royal Park register of Patients 1907 – 1913
This register records the names of patients admitted to Royal Park Receiving House (but not patients admitted to the Royal Park Hospital for the Insane) between September 1907 and December 1913. Patients' entries are organised alphabetically by the first letter of their surname and then by date of admission. Alphabetical listings of male patients are found on left-hand pages and female patients on right-hand pages. Accordingly, the page images alternate between male and female lists.
Details recorded include the name of patient, date of admission, and date of discharge, transfer or death.
Shepparton Family History Group
Squatters on the Upper Lodden
St. Kilda Historical Society
State Library of VictoriaStawell Historical Society Inc.
Sunnyside Licensed House Asylum Records 1905 – 1915
This series contains case histories of patients admitted to the Sunnyside Licensed House,
Camberwell. Patient histories are arranged chronologically by date of admission. Each history is
spread over a two-page opening in the original volume.
Swan Hill Genealogical & Historical Society
Teacher Examination Papers Index, 1863-1872
Search this database to identify records of teachers examined by the Board of Teachers prior to initial appointment and for promotion to a higher classification between 1863 and 1872.
Database Index to Teacher Record Books, 1863-1959
This database gives access to Teacher Record Books available on microfilm in PROV reading rooms as VPRS 13718.
They went to New Zealand
Traralgon & District Historical Society
Victorian Public Service Board Returns 1884Warrnambool Family History Group
Werribee Family History Group
West Gippsland Genealogical Society Inc
Western Victorian Association of Historical Societies
Wills and Probate Records
This guide outlines step by step how to order Wills and Probate records on PROV's Online Catalogue for viewing in PROV’s North Melbourne Reading Room at the Victorian Archives Centre, and how to view digitised wills and probate records online.
Yarra Bend Asylum Index to Male & Female Case Books 1848-1912
This volume is an alphabetical index of patients admitted to the Yarra Bend Asylum between 1848 and 1912. Entries are listed alphabetically by patient surname and then chronologically by date of admission. Alphabetical listings of male patients are found on left-hand pages and female patients on right-hand pages. Accordingly, the page images alternate between male and female lists.
In addition to each patient's date of admission and the date of their discharge, transfer or death, you will find the volume and page number in the case books where you will find their patient histories.