Victorian Genealogy

Finding People and Places in Victoria, Australia.

 


Railway Employees

 


OVERVIEW

The Victorian Railways operated in Victoria and also some lines in New South Wales from 1859 to 1983. The first railway was built in Victoria in 1854 by a private railway company. There was a mixture of public and private railways until 1878 when the private companies had all been taken over by the Victorian Railways.


The Victorian Railways also ran the following:

For State Coal Mine employees see Miners.

 

RECORDS

 

PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE VICTORIA - RAILWAY RECORDS

Public Record Office Victoria holds railway records from 1859 to about 2006. More recent records may be closed to the public (VA 2876, VA 1038, VA 1044 and VA 2984). It also holds records for the following private railway companies:

These are not online.

 

VICTORIAN PARLIAMENTARY PAPERS DATABASE - LISTS OF RAILWAY EMPLOYEES

Lists of railway employees may be seen in the following Victorian Parliamentary Papers:

1880-1881

Volume 3

page 138

1882-1883

Volume 1

page 693

1886

Volume 1

page 753

See under Parliaments.

 

VICTORIAN PARLIAMENTARY PAPERS DATABASE - BOARD OF LAND AND WORKS: VICTORIAN RAILWAYS REPORTS 1862-1883 AND REPORTS OF THE VICTORIAN RAILWAYS COMMISSIONERS 1885-1972

“Board of Land and Works: Victorian Railways” reports and “Reports of the Victorian Railways Commissioners” may be seen on the Victorian Parliamentary Papers database. The former may include lists of railway employees. The latter may include railway employee appointments and removals from 1884 to 1903. Both may include lists of railway contractors. See under Parliaments.


VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT GAZETTES - LISTS OF RAILWAY EMPLOYEES

List of railway employees were published every three years in the Victorian government gazettes from 1884 to 1929:

1884

Volume 1

page 1459

1887

Volume 2

page 2055

1890

Volume 1

page 1237

1893

Volume 1

page 387

1896

Volume 1

page 621

1899

Volume 1

page 433

1902

Volume 3

page 4099

1905

Volume 3

page 4719

1908

Volume 2

page 2333

1911

Volume 2

page 4457

1914

Volume 2

page 3267

1918

Volume 1

page 887

1921

Volume 1

page 1189

1924

Volume 1

page 1167

1926

Volume 1

page 1233

1929

Volume 2

page 1931

Lists of successful railway contractors are also included.

See Government Gazettes.

 

VICTORIAN ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY HISTORY ORGANSATIONS - RAILWAY EMPLOYEES FROM VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT GAZETTE AND OTHER RAILWAY ANNUAL REPORTS

These include railway employees from Victorian Government Gazettes from 1884 to 1929 and Victorian Railway Reports 1884 to 1886. They are text searchable.

https://vafho.com/2019/04/27/victorian-railway-employees-another-gift-from-vafho/


GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF VICTORIA - GENEALOGICAL INDEX OF NAMES

The Genealogical Society of Victoria has indexed into their Genealogical Index of Names (GIN) the following:

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

 

FINDMYPAST - AUSTRALIAN IMPERIAL FORCE, NOMINAL ROLL OF THE FIRST RAILWAY SECTION 1917-1920

This is an index of railway employees who formed the 1st Railway Section of the Australian Imperial Expeditionary Force during World War One. The original records are on microfilm at New South Wales State Records.

https://search.findmypast.com.au/search-world-Records/australian-imperial-force-nominal-roll-of-the-first-railway-section-1917-1920

 

SOCIETIES


AUSTRALIAN RAILWAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY VICTORIAN DIVISION INC.

https://www.arhsvic.org.au/


LIGHT RAILWAY RESEARCH SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA INC.

http://www.lrrsa.org.au/

 

HERITAGE RAILWAYS

 

PUFFING BILLY

This century-old steam train continues to run on its original mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook in the Dandenong Ranges 40 kilometres east of Melbourne.

www.puffingbilly.com.au

 

VICTORIAN GOLDFIELDS RAILWAY

This is an authentic steam heritage train linking the historic gold mining towns of Castlemaine and Maldon in Central Victoria.

http://www.vgr.com.au/homepage.php

 

 

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