Victorian Genealogy

Finding People and Places in Victoria, Australia.

 


Municipal Officers

 

See Local Government.


Local government in Victoria began in 1841 with local road boards. The road boards amalgamated into shires. There were also cities, boroughs and town councils, and municipal districts. There has been much redrawing of municipal boundaries. In 1915 the state government forced the amalgamation of municipal entities whose rate base was too low. In 1994 the state government forced the amalgamation of many municipal entities.

Municipal government officers may be found in Victorian Municipal Directories. See under Local Government.

 

 

MUNICIPAL CLERKS

Town clerks or shire secretaries were certified by the Municipal Clerks Board from 1903. If their certificate was cancelled a notice was placed in the Victorian Government Gazette. See Government Gazettes.

The career of town clerks or shire secretaries may be traced through successive Municipal Directories of Victoria. See under Local Government.

 

MUNICIPAL SURVEYORS

 

Also see Surveyors.

Municipal surveyors may be engineers. See Engineers.


Municipal surveyors were surveyors of land and works or engineers. Municipal surveyors may have been certified by the Municipal Surveyors Board from 1874. From 1890 if their certificate was cancelled a notice was placed in the Victorian Government Gazette. See Government Gazettes.

The career of municipal surveyors may be traced through successive Municipal Directories of Victoria. See under Local Government.


Public Record Office Victoria has the following:

These are not online.

Public Record Office Victoria has records of the Municipal Surveyors Board 1879-1948.

These are not online.

 

OTHER MUNICIPAL OFFICERS

 

Historically these may include a collector, a treasurer, a valuer, a sanitary inspector, a thistle inspector, an inspector of slaughterhouses, a dog registrar, poundkeepers, herdsmen, health officers and an auditor. Their careers may be traced through successive Municipal Directories of Victoria. See under Local Government.

Health Officers were doctors. See Doctors and Surgeons.

Some of these jobs may have been undertaken by the local police officer such as inspector of slaughterhouses. See Police Records.

 

 

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