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Census Records


VICTORIAN CENSUS RETURNS


Victoria was known as the Port Phillip District of the Colony of New South Wales until 1851. It then became the Colony of Victoria.

Census Date

Copies Held

25 May 1836

Destroyed

9 November 1836

See below

March 1838

See below

12 September 1838

See below

2 March 1841

See below

2 March 1846

Destroyed

2 March 1851

Destroyed

26 April 1854

Destroyed

29 March 1857

Destroyed

7 April 1861

Destroyed

2 April 1871

Destroyed

3 April 1881

Destroyed

5 April 1891

Destroyed

31 March 1901

Destroyed

 

1836 CENSUS

Census of the Port Phillip District dated 9 November 1836.

 

PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE VICTORIA - 1836 CENSUS

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&breadcrumbPath=Home/Access%20the%20Collection/Browse%20The%20Collection/Item%20Details&entityId=5168127352

 

PORT PHILLIP DISTRICT WEBSITE - 1836 CENSUS

This is a transcription with further information.

https://www.portphillipdistrict.info/1836_Census.htm


A transcription can also be found in the book “Historical Records of Victoria” Volume 3 Edited by Michael Cannon. Pages 422-426. There is an index at the back of the volume.

 

1838 CENSUS (1)

Census of Melbourne dated March 1838.
Only heads of households are named.

 

PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE VICTORIA - 1838 CENSUS (1)

This has erroneously been included in the Census of the Port Phillip District dated 12 September 1838; it is the last seven pages of this.

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&breadcrumbPath=Home/Access%20the%20Collection/Browse%20The%20Collection/Item%20Details&entityId=2168131524

 

PORT PHILLIP DISTRICT WEBSITE - 1838 CENSUS (1)

This is a transcription with some further information.

https://www.portphillipdistrict.info/1838_Census_of_Melbourne.htm

 

A transcription can also be found in the book “Historical Records of Victoria” Volume 3 Edited by Michael Cannon. Pages 428-431. There is an index at the back of the volume.

 

1838 CENSUS (2)

Census of the Port Phillip District dated 12 September 1838.
This is incomplete and includes only Melbourne and Williamstown.


PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE VICTORIA - 1838 CENSUS (2)

The last seven pages are erroneously included and are a Census of Melbourne dated March 1838.

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&breadcrumbPath=Home/Access%20the%20Collection/Browse%20The%20Collection/Item%20Details&entityId=2168131524


A transcription can be found in the book “Historical Records of Victoria” Volume 3 Edited by Michael Cannon. Pages 432-448. There is an index at the back of the volume.

 

1841 CENSUS

Census of New South Wales which included Port Phillip District dated 1841.
Only heads of households are named.

 

NEW SOUTH WALES STATE ARCHIVES AND RECORDS - 1841 CENSUS INDEX (NRS 1281, NRS 1282)

https://www.records.nsw.gov.au/archives/collections-and-research/guides-and-indexes/census-1841


PORT PHILLIP DISTRICT WEBSITE - 1841 CENSUS

There is a transcription and index.

https://www.portphillipdistrict.info/1841%20Census%20of%20the%20Port%20Phillip%20District.htm

 

FAMILYSEARCH - 1841 CENSUS

Images and index for 1841 census householder's returns from New South Wales. Records are included for the following districts: Illawarra, Port-Phillip, County of Bourke (South Melbourne), Western districts of Port-Phillip. Original records are located in the State Library of New South Wales, Australia.

https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/2317857

Digitized images in sequence.

https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/246573?availability=Family%20History%20Library


ANCESTRY - 1841 NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA, CENSUS

These records were provided by the State Records Authority of New South Wales. They may be browsed and are searchable.

https://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=1214

 

FINDMYPAST - NEW SOUTH WALES 1841 CENSUS

These records were provided by the State Records Authority of New South Wales. They include transcriptions and images. They are searchable.

https://search.findmypast.com.au/search-world-Records/new-south-wales-1841-census

 

STATISTICAL INFORMATION FROM VICTORIAN CENSUSES

 

AUSTRALIAN DATA ARCHIVE - STATISTICAL INFORMATION NEW SOUTH WALES CENSUSES 1836, 1841, 1846 AND 1851

This can be seen in Historical Census and Colonial Data Archive.

https://ada.edu.au/

 

AUSTRALIAN DATA ARCHIVE - STATISTICAL INFORMATION VICTORIAN CENSUSES 1854, 1857, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 AND 1901

This can be seen in Historical Census and Colonial Data Archive.

https://ada.edu.au/

 

AUSTRALIAN CENSUS RETURNS

The Colony of Victoria joined with the other Colonies of Australia to become Australia in 1901. It then became the State of Victoria.

Census Date

Copies Held

3 April 1911

Destroyed

4 April 1921

Destroyed

30 June 1933

Destroyed

30 June 1947

Destroyed

30 June 1954

Destroyed

30 June 1961

Destroyed

30 June 1966

Destroyed

30 June 1971

Destroyed

30 June 1976

Destroyed

30 June 1981

Destroyed

30 June 1986

Destroyed

6 August 1991

Destroyed

6 August 1996

Destroyed

7 August 2001

Voluntary Retention (99 year no-access embargo)

8 August 2006

Voluntary Retention (99 year no-access embargo)

9 August 2011

Voluntary Retention (99 year no-access embargo)

9 August 2016

Voluntary Retention (99 year no-access embargo)

Manpower and property censuses held during World War 1 and manpower, civilian and property censuses held during World War 2 are held by the National Archives of Australia. These are not online.

 

STATISTICAL INFORMATION FROM AUSTRALIAN CENSUSES

 

AUSTRALIAN DATA ARCHIVE - STATISTICAL INFORMATION AUSTRALIAN CENSUSES 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, AND 1986

This can be seen in Historical Census and Colonial Data Archive.

https://ada.edu.au/

 

AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS - STATISTICAL INFORMATION AUSTRALIAN CENSUSES 1911, 1921, 1933, 1947, 1954, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 AND 2016

https://www.abs.gov.au/

AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS - STATISTICAL INFORMATION FROM THE NATIONAL REGISTER 1939 AND A SUPPLEMENTARY CIVILIAN REGISTER 1943

https://www.abs.gov.au/

 

OTHER POPULATION COUNTS

At various times there were other population counts for specific members of society; these include:

  1. Counts of the number of aboriginal people. See Indigeneous Victorian Records.
  2. Counts of the number of convicts. See Convict Records.
  3. Counts of the number of aliens (these are people who were not British subjects or were not naturalized). See Alien Records.

 

FAMILYSEARCH - CENSUS REGISTER TARRAVILLE 1853

Original records in possession of the Port Albert Maritime Museum, Port Albert.

https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/60349?availability=Family%20History%20Library

 

 

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