Also see Business Records.
Licensing of auctioneers was a requirement in the colony of New South Wales from 1801; Victoria was the Port Phillip District of New South Wales until 1851. This was done through the local Courts of Petty Sessions. From 1848 when a person obtained an auctioneer's license a notice was inserted in the New South Wales Government Gazette or Port Phillip Government Gazette (or after 1851 Victorian Government Gazette) giving the name of the person and the type of licence. See Government Gazettes.
PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE VICTORIA - INDEX TO LICENSED AUCTIONEERS 1931-1981 (VPRS 12826)
This is not online.
Licensing of estate agents begin in Victoria in 1922. This was done through the local Courts of Petty Sessions until 1956. A register of licensed estate agents appeared in February 1923 in the Victorian Government Gazette and supplementary registers of licensed estate agents appeared monthly in the Victorian Government Gazette from this time. Full registers of licensed estate agents were to appear annually in the month of February when considered expedient. See Victorian Government Gazettes.
PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE VICTORIA - INDEXES TO LICENSED ESTATE AGENTS 1931-1981
Public Record Office Victoria has the following:
These are not online.
Public Record Office Victoria has records relating to the Registry of Estate Agents 1956-1980 (VA 428), Estate Agents Board 1980-1994 (VA 1078) and Estate Agents Council 1994-Present (VA 4214).
These are not online.
FAMILYSEARCH - THOMAS ROADKNIGHT AND COMPANY. LAND SALES AND PROPERTY ASSESSMENTS 1875-1926
An index is included. Original records were housed at the Geelong Record Centre, Geelong.
FAMILYSEARCH - J.B. HOLDEN AND CO. LAND SALE BOOKS 1877-1952
Indexes are included. Original records were at the Port Fairy Historical Society, Port Fairy.
STATE LIBRARY OF VICTORIA - AUCTION PLANS
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, real estate companies produced many thousands of posters featuring maps of the lots available at upcoming auctions. Many of these auction plans are very plain black-and-white posters, showing basic information about the upcoming auction and a simple map of the subdivision. Others are highly decorative, featuring colourful illustrations, decorative fonts, cartoons and even verse.
The State Library of Victoria has several thousand Victorian auction plans. This number includes five named collections that were donated by real estate agents: Vale; Batten and Percy; Dyer; Haughton; and Maddock, Lonie and Chisholm.
Auctioneers and real estate agents would advertise sales and leases in newspapers. See Newspapers, Magazines and Journals.