Victorian Genealogy

Finding People and Places in Victoria, Australia.

 


Public Servants

 

Public servants may have trained at a university. See University Records.

Also see Governments.


NEW SOUTH WALES COLONIAL PUBLIC SERVANTS 1788-1851

Victoria was the Port Phillip District of the colony of New South Wales from 1788 until 1851. There were two failed attempts at settlement; these were in 1803-1804 and 1826-1828. Official settlement began in 1836. The New South Wales colonial government’s responsibilities included everything now looked after by the Australian federal government and Victorian state government. The type of occupational records that are likely to be found at the colonial level include:

 

Victorian public servants 1836-1839 are listed in “Historical Records of Victoria” Volumes 1 and 7. Edited by Michael Cannon. These books are indexed.


PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE VICTORIA - INDEX TO CIVIL SERVANTS NAMED IN VPRS 29 PORT PHILLIP EXPENDITURE ACCOUNTS 1841-1853 (VPRS 4325)

This is not online.

 

NEW SOUTH WALES STATE ARCHIVES AND RECORDS - RETURNS OF THE COLONY 1822-1870 (NRS 1286)

These include an annual return of public officials detailing situation and service. They are not online.

 

ANCESTRY - NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA, RETURNS OF THE COLONY, 1822-1857

These are provided in association with State Records Authority of NSW. They include an annual return of public officials detailing situation and service. They may be browsed and they are searchable.

https://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=1737


VICTORIAN COLONIAL PUBLIC SERVANTS 1851-1901

In 1851 Victoria separated from New South Wales and became the colony of Victoria; it had previously been the Port Phillip District of the colony of New South Wales. In 1901 with the federation of Australia, the colony of Victoria became the state of Victoria. The Victorian colonial government’s responsibilities included everything now looked after by the Australian federal government and Victorian state government. The type of occupational records that are likely to be found at the colonial level include:


PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE VICTORIA - INDEX TO CIVIL SERVANTS NAMED IN VPRS 29 PORT PHILLIP EXPENDITURE ACCOUNTS 1841-1853 (VPRS 4325)

This is not online.

PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE VICTORIA - BLUE BOOKS AND STATISTICS 1851-1916 (VPRS 943)

This is not online.

 

ANCESTRY - VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA, SELECTED TRIAL BRIEF AND CORRESPONDENCE REGISTERS AND OTHER IMAGES, 1837-1993

This includes Blue Books 1851-1855. Public servant lists are included under 'Civil Establishment' and 'Pensions'. These records are not indexed but can be browsed by description and range. They are provided by Public Record Office Victoria.

https://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=60672


VICTORIAN PARLIAMENTARY PAPERS DATABASE - PUBLIC SERVANT LISTS 1857-1884

There are a small number of lists available online for the years 1857, 1878, 1881, 1882, 1883 and 1884. The database is searchable by name. See Parliaments.

 

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF VICTORIA GENEALOGICAL INDEX OF NAMES - STATISTICS OF THE COLONY OF VICTORIA FOR THE YEAR 1859: CIVIL ESTABLISHMENT

https://www.gsv.org.au/article/our-collection

 

VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT GAZETTES - PUBLIC SERVICE LISTS 1862-1883

There is a public service list published in the Victorian Government Gazette 10 September 1862. Public service lists were then published in January each year until 1883. These are a classified list of officers of the public service; they do not include everyone employed in the public service. They also do not include police, teachers and railway workers.

Also included in the Victorian Government Gazettes are lists of public service candidates and those who have passed their examinations. Appointments and employment including promotions, transfers, dismissals, resignations and retirements of public servants can also be seen. Dispensations granted to public servants are also listed.

See Government Gazettes.

 

VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT GAZETTES - PUBLIC SERVICE LISTS 1884-1975

There were public service lists published in the Victorian Government Gazette on 31 January 1884, 3 September 1884, 31 January 1885, 31 January 1888 and 31 January 1889. There was a public service list published in the Victorian Government Gazette in January 1891. Public service lists were then published in January each year until 1975; this was usually about 31 January. They do not include police, teachers or railway workers.

Also included in the Victorian Government Gazettes are lists of public service candidates and those who have passed their examinations. Appointments and employment including promotions, transfers, dismissals, resignations and retirements of public servants can also be seen. Dispensations granted to public servants are also listed.

See Government Gazettes.

 

THE ARGUS 1885 - VICTORIAN PUBLIC SERVICE BOARD RETURN

A Victorian Public Service Board Return was published in The Argus 2 February 1885 page 9. This gives the names of all persons employed in the service on 31st December 1884 (exclusive of teachers in the Education Department and railway employees). It does not appear to include army officers, navy officers and police officers.

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/6066230?browse=ndp%3Abrowse%2Ftitle%2FA%2Ftitle%2F13%2F1885%2F02%2F02%2Fpage%2F271773%2Farticle%2F6066230

 

VICTORIAN STATE PUBLIC SERVANTS 1901-Present

In 1901 with the federation of Australia, the colony of Victoria became the state of Victoria. The state government is the middle level of government in Victoria. The responsibilities of the Victorian colonial government which were kept by the state of Victoria include everything unrelated to external powers. The responsibilities of the Victorian state government include education, railways, tramways and police. Some of these services have been privatized over the years such as the railways and tramways. The type of occupational records that are likely to be found at the state level include:

 

PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE VICTORIA - BLUE BOOKS AND STATISTICS 1851-1916 (VPRS 943)

This is not online.

 

VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT GAZETTES - PUBLIC SERVICE LISTS 1901-1975

There was a public service list published in the Victorian Government Gazette in January 1901. Public service lists were then published in January each year until 1975; this was usually about 31 January. They do not include police, teachers or railway workers.

Also included in the Victorian Government Gazettes are lists of public service candidates and those who have passed their examinations. Appointments and employment including promotions, transfers, dismissals, resignations and retirements of public servants can also be seen. Dispensations granted to public servants are also listed.

See Government Gazettes.

 

FINDMYPAST - EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WAR SERVICE

This includes short biographies and photographs of most of the 752 people employed by the Education Department who served in World War 1. Also mentions people employed by the Education Department whose sons or brothers died on service as well as those who volunteered and were rejected (mostly on medical grounds).

https://search.findmypast.com.au/search-world-Records/education-department-war-service

 

STATE LIBRARY OF VICTORIA - PUBLIC SERVICE RECORDS 1975-1989

List of officers in the Public Service and a return of the number of persons temporarily employed by the Public Service Board of Victoria. These are not online.

 

JOURNAL

STATE LIBRARY OF VICTORIA - THE JOURNAL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE OF VICTORIA 1902-1955

https://www.slv.vic.gov.au/journal-department-agriculture-victoria


AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVANTS 1901-Present

The country of Australia came into existence in 1901 with the federation of the Australian colonies including Victoria. The federal government is the top level of government in Victoria. The federal government took over the external powers of the colonies. The responsibilities of the Australian federal government include defence, immigration, postal, telegraph and telephone services, taxation and intelligence services. Some of these services have been privatized over the years such as telephone services. The type of occupational records that are likely to be found at the federal level include:

 

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT GAZETTES - PUBLIC SERVICE LISTS 1906-PRESENT

From 1906 public service lists were published in the Commonwealth Government Gazette annually.

Lists of public service candidates and those who have passed their examinations may be seen in Commonwealth Government Gazettes. Appointments and employment including promotions, transfers, dismissals, resignations and retirements of federal public servants may be seen in Commonwealth Government Gazettes. Dispensations granted to public servants are also listed.

See Government Gazettes.

 

ANCESTRY - AUSTRALIA, COMMONWEALTH PUBLIC SERVICE LISTS 1904, 1920

This is the 1904 and 1920 publications list of permanent officers of the Commonwealth Public Service.

https://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=60797

 

FINDMYPAST - COMMONWEALTH PUBLIC SERVICE LIST 1904, 1920

This is the 1904 and 1920 publications list of permanent officers of the Commonwealth Public Service.

https://search.findmypast.com.au/search-world-Records/commonwealth-public-service-list

 

 

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