Publicans advertised in newspapers. See Newspapers, Magazines and Journals.
Also see Business Records.
ANCESTRY - NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA, CERTIFICATES FOR PUBLICANS' LICENCES, 1830-1849, 1853-1899
These are provided in association with State Records Authority of NSW. This is a collection of publicans' licenses for public houses in New South Wales between 1830-1899. The collection includes butts of licenses that stretch from 1830-1899 and actual certificates from 1853-1860. The licenses gave different establishments the legal right to sell alcohol. Not all of the licenses were for alcohol, other uses included confectioners, billiard, night, and packet licenses, but the majority were for public houses or pubs. They may be browsed and they are searchable.
GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF VICTORIA GENEALOGICAL INDEX OF NAMES - MARION BUTTON PUBS AND PUBLICANS INDEX 1840-1854
These are extracted from the Port Phillip Herald and The Argus.
STATE LIBRARY OF VICTORIA - ROBERT K COLE VICTORIAN HOTELS INDEX C1841-1949
This contains over 21,000 names of Melbourne and metropolitan hotel licensees as well as over 16,000 names of hotels and/or licensees from country Victoria.The online index entries contain information such as the name of a licensee or owner, the location of the hotel, dates when the licence was held, and volume and page numbers, which can be used to locate a detailed entry in the Robert K Cole collection of hotel records.The information was gathered by Robert Cole from various sources such as post office directories, and newspaper and trade journal notices.
PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE VICTORIA - INDEX TO DEFUNCT HOTEL LICENCES (VPRS 8159)
These are indexed by hotel name through the catalogue. The index cards have been digitized.
PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE VICTORIA - LICENSE CASE FILES (VPRS 7712)
These are indexed by hotel name through the catalogue. The records are not online.
PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE VICTORIA - LIQUOR CONTROL COMMISSION (VA 1110)
Public Record Office Victoria holds many records relating to liquor licensing. They include licence registers and license case files. They are not online with the exception of the series named above.
VICTORIAN COMMISSION FOR GAMBLING AND LIQUOR REGULATION
Current liquor licences and applications in Victoria may be searched.
TROVE NEWSPAPERS - VIGILANTE 1918
Vigilante was published by the Victorian Branch, United Licensed Victuallers' Associaton of the Commonwealth of Australia.