Victorian Genealogy

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Electoral and Voter Rolls


There are electoral rolls for the New South Wales, Victorian and Australian Parliaments. There are voter rolls that are compiled by local government authorities.

 

NEW SOUTH WALES COLONIAL ELECTORAL ROLLS 1842-1851

Victoria began as the Port Phillip District of the colony of New South Wales. Representative government began in New South Wales in 1842. Elections were held for the Legislative Council and members represented electorates in the Port Phillip District. In this era you were included on the electoral rolls if you were a male (natural born British subject) over 21 years of age who owned or occupied property of a certain value in the electorate. For naturalization records of non British subjects see Naturalization Records. The County of Bourke was the area around Melbourne. The County of Grant was the area around Geelong.

 

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF VICTORIA GENEALOGICAL INDEX OF NAMES - MARION BUTTON ELECTORAL LISTS INDEX 1841-1851

Extracted from the Port Phillip Herald and The Argus.

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

 

PORT PHILLIP DISTRICT COUNTY OF GRANT LIST OF ELECTORS 1843

Geelong Advertiser 10 April 1843 page 4

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/8432454

 

PORT PHILLIP DISTRICT COUNTY OF BOURKE ELECTORS ROLL 1843

Port Phillip Herald 26 May 1843

https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=EVKlETVVbN8C&dat=18430526&printsec=frontpage&hl=en

Port Phillip Gazette 31 May 1843 page 1

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/23203799

 

PORT PHILLIP DISTRICT COUNTY OF GRANT LIST OF ELECTORS 1845

Geelong Advertiser 16 April 1845 page 4

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/8433255

 

PORT PHILLIP DISTRICT COUNTY OF BOURKE LIST OF ELECTORS 1845

Port Phillip Gazette 9 August 1845 page 4

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/23202734

 

ELECTORAL DISTRICT OF PORT PHILLIP, POLICE DISTRICT OF GEELONG LIST OF ELECTORS 1847-1848

Geelong Advertiser and Squatters' Advocate 13 April 1847 page 4

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/8167355

 

ELECTORAL DISTRICT OF PORT PHILLIP LIST OF ELECTORS 1847-1848

The Melbourne Argus 20 July 1847 page 4

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/28353051

 

ELECTORAL DISTRICT OF PORT PHILLIP, POLICE DISTRICT OF GEELONG LIST OF ELECTORS 1848

Geelong Advertiser 15 April 1848 page 2

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/8145496

 

ELECTORAL DISTRICT OF PORT PHILLIP LIST OF ELECTORS 1848-1849

The Melbourne Argus 30 June 1848 pages 3 and 4

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/175203

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/175204


ANCESTRY - NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA, HISTORICAL ELECTORAL ROLLS, 1842-1864

These include Melbourne and Port Phillip District 1848-1849. These records are provided in association with State Records Authority of NSW. They may be browsed and they are searchable.

https://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=1310

 

ELECTORAL DISTRICT OF PORT PHILLIP, POLICE DISTRICT OF GEELONG LIST OF ELECTORS 1849-1850

Geelong Advertiser 12 April 1849 page 4

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/8142738

 

DISTRICT OF PORT PHILLIP COUNTY OF BOURKE LIST OF CLAIMANTS 1849

The Argus 1 May 1849 page 4

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/503171

 

DISTRICT OF PORT PHILLIP LIST OF ELECTORS 1849-1850

A-G The Argus 25 June 1849 page 4

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/503333

G-M The Argus 29 June 1849 page 4

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/503365

M-Y The Argus 3 July 1849 page 4

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/503384

 

A-G The Melbourne Daily News 26 June 1849 page 4

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/22520191

G-M The Melbourne Daily News 2 July 1849 page 4

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/22520212

M-Z Does not appear to have been published.

 

PORT PHILLIP DISTRICT WEBSITE - ELECTORAL ROLLS 1849

https://www.portphillipdistrict.info/1849_PPD_Electoral_Roll.htm

 

ELECTORAL DISTRICT OF PORT PHILLIP, POLICE DISTRICT OF GEELONG LIST OF ELECTORS 1850-1851

Geelong Advertiser 17 April 1850 page 2

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/8143509

List of Claimants

Geelong Advertiser 24 April 1850 page 2

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/8143527

 

COUNTY OF BOURKE ELECTORAL LIST 1850-1851

Melbourne Morning Herald 6 June 1850

https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=EVKlETVVbN8C&dat=18500606&printsec=frontpage&hl=en

 

LENORE FROST - WEST BOURKE ELECTORAL ROLL 1850 INDEX

Index of List of Electors for the District of the County of Bourke which was published in Melbourne Morning Herald 6 June 1850.

http://members.optushome.com.au/lenorefrost/westbourkeelect.html

 

ELECTORAL DISTRICT OF PORT PHILLIP, POLICE DISTRICT OF GEELONG LIST OF ELECTORS 1851

Geelong Advertiser 4 September 1851 page 1

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/8145114

 

VICTORIAN COLONIAL ELECTORAL ROLLS 1851-1901

The Port Phillip District separated from the colony of New South Wales to become the colony of Victoria in 1851. Representative government began and elections were held for the Legislative Council in 1851; 20 of the 30 Legislative Council members were elected and the rest chosen by the Lieutenant-Governor. In this era you were included on the electoral rolls if you were a male (natural born British subject) over 21 years of age who owned or occupied property of a certain value in the electorate.

The Legislative Assembly (the lower house) began in 1856 and you were included on the electoral rolls if you were a male (natural born British subject) over 21 years of age who owned or occupied property of a certain value in the electorate. By 1857 all males (natural born or naturalized British subject) over 21 years of age could vote.

For the Legislative Council (the upper house) you were included on the electoral rolls if you were a male (natural born British subject) over 21 years of age who owned or occupied property of a certain value in the electorate. Naturalized British subjects could not vote in the Legislative Council until 1881.

The State Library of Victoria and the Genealogical Society of Victoria hold electoral rolls for various areas for this era. There are only two complete electoral rolls that survive this period: the 1856 and 1899 electoral rolls. The Victorian electoral roll 1899 is not online.

Plural voting was abolished in 1899 for the lower house and continued until 1938 in the upper house. Prior to this the number of votes an elector had depended on how much property he owned. If he or she owned property in more than one electorate the person may be listed as an elector in more than one electorate.

 

ANCESTRY - VICTORIAN ELECTORAL ROLL 1856

The Victorian electoral roll for 1856 can be seen on the Ancestry website under Australian Electoral Rolls 1903-1980.

https://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=1207

 

STATE LIBRARY OF VICTORIA - ELECTORAL DISTRICT OF ARARAT, LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY 1859

This has been digitized.

https://viewer.slv.vic.gov.au/?entity=IE4203054&mode=browse

 

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF VICTORIA GENEALOGICAL INDEX OF NAMES - ELECTORAL ROLLS

Electoral rolls for this era have been indexed and are included on the Genealogical Index of Names on the Genealogical Society of Victoria website.

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

 

FAMILYSEARCH - ELECTORAL ROLLS MALDON AND CASTLEMAINE DISTRICTS 1856, 1862 AND 1875

Original records in possession of Mr. M. J. Blume, Castlemaine.

https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/204669?availability=Family%20History%20Library

 

STATE AND FEDERAL ELECTORAL ROLLS 1901-Present

The colony of Victoria joined with the other Australian colonies to become Australia in 1901. Women got voting rights at the federal level in Australia in 1903. Women got voting rights at the state level in Victoria in 1908. Registering to vote became compulsory in 1912.

Plural voting was abolished in 1938 for the upper house. Prior to this the number of votes an elector had depended on how much property he owned. If he or she owned property in more than one electorate the person may be listed as an elector in more than one electorate.

There were property qualifications on voters for the Legislative Council until 1950.

In 1973 the minimum voting age was lowered from 21 to 18.

Information about occupations is no longer included on electoral rolls from 1984. From 1990 the electoral rolls are arranged in one alphabetical surname sequence for the entire state.

Current Victorian electoral rolls can be viewed at Victorian Electoral Commission.
Current Australian electoral rolls can be viewed at Australian Electoral Commission.

 

STATE LIBRARY OF VICTORIA - ELECTORAL ROLLS

The State Library of Victoria holds electoral rolls from 1903 to 2008 (not published every year). From 2009 public copies were no longer deposited with the library. Their electoral roll holdings are not online.

The below guide includes a pdf "Victorian Electoral Rolls". This includes a list of electoral rolls held by the State Library of Victoria.

https://guides.slv.vic.gov.au/victorianancestors/electoral


ANCESTRY - AUSTRALIA, ELECTORAL ROLLS 1903-1980

These include the following years for Victoria: 1856, 1903, 1905-06, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1912-13, 1914, 1915-18, 1919, 1920-22, 1924, 1925-28, 1931, 1932-35, 1936-37, 1942-43, 1949, 1954, 1958, 1963, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1977 and 1980

https://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=1207

 

FAMILYSEARCH - ELECTORAL ROLLS GIPPSLAND DIVISION 1905

Original records in possession of Linda Barraclough, Bairnsdale, Victoria.

https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/207195?availability=Family%20History%20Library


FINDMYPAST - VICTORIA ELECTORAL ROLLS 1939-1946

These include the following years: 1939 and 1946. They are searchable.

https://search.findmypast.com.au/search-world-Records/victoria-electoral-rolls

 

FAMILY HISTORY CONNECTIONS - EARLY ELECTORAL ROLLS OF AUSTRALIA 1903

This database may be viewed online at the Family History Connections website. For members only.

https://www.familyhistoryconnections.org.au/index.php/resources


MUNICIPAL VOTER ROLLS

Local government began in Victoria (then the Port Phillip District of the colony of New South Wales) with Heidelberg Road Trust in 1841, followed by Melbourne being incorporated as a town in 1842. Municipal rolls were kept by the local government authorities. Municipal rolls and lists were known under various titles including ratepayer rolls and lists, burgess rolls and lists, citizen rolls and lists and voter rolls and lists. In the 19th Century you were included on municipal rolls if you were a male person over 21 years of age who occupied a property of a certain value in the local government area and had paid your rates.

Municipal voter rolls may still be held by the current municipal authority. See Local Government. Public Record Office Victoria holds many municipal voter rolls including those for Melbourne and Ballarat. Municipal voter rolls for Geelong are located at the Geelong Heritage Centre. The State Library of Victoria also holds voter rolls.

 

PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE VICTORIA - VICTORIAN MUNICIPAL ELECTION VOTER ROLLS

Public Record Office Victoria holds many municipal voter rolls including those for Melbourne and Ballarat. These records are not online.

https://prov.vic.gov.au/explore-collection/explore-topic/electoral-and-voter-rolls/victorian-municipal-elections-voter

 

STATE LIBRARY OF VICTORIA - VOTER ROLLS

The below guide includes a pdf "Victorian Electoral Rolls". This includes a list of voter rolls held by the State Library of Victoria. These are not online.

https://guides.slv.vic.gov.au/victorianancestors/electoral

 

TOWN OF MELBOURNE BURGESS LIST 1842

This includes Lonsdale, La Trobe, Gipps and Bourke Wards.

Port Phillip Gazette 8 October 1842 pages 2 and 3

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/23203540

 

TOWN OF MELBOURNE BURGESS LIST PERSONS OBJECTED TO AND CLAIMANTS 1842

This includes Lonsdale, Bourke, Gipps and La Trobe Wards.

Port Phillip Patriot and Melbourne Advertiser 27 Oct 1842 page 4

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/22214538

 

PORT PHILLIP DISTRICT WEBSITE - MUNICIPAL VOTER ROLL FOR MELBOURNE 1842

https://www.portphillipdistrict.info/1842_Melbourne_Electoral_Roll.htm

 

MELBOURNE LIST OF BURGESSES 1843

Port Phillip Herald 8 September 1843

This includes Bourke, Latrobe and Gipps Wards.

https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=EVKlETVVbN8C&dat=18430908&printsec=frontpage&hl=en

 

MELBOURNE ELECTORAL LISTS APRIL 1847

The Melbourne Argus 13 April 1847 page 4

This includes Gipps and Latrobe Wards.

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/174776

The Melbourne Argus 16 April 1847 page 4

This includes Lonsdale and Bourke Wards.

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/174780

 

MELBOURNE ELECTORAL LISTS SEPTEMBER 1847

The Melbourne Argus 10 September 1847 pages 1 and 4

Gipps Ward (page 1)

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/174915

La Trobe, Lonsdale and Bourke Wards (page 4)

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/174918

 

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF VICTORIA GENEALOGICAL INDEX OF NAMES - VOTER ROLLS

Voter rolls have been indexed and are included on the Genealogical Index of Names on the Genealogical Society of Victoria website.

https://www.gsv.org.au/genealogical-index-of-names-gin

 

MELBOURNE LIST OF ELECTORS 1849

The Argus 17 April 1849 pages 1 and 4

Bourke Ward

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/503152

Latrobe Ward

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/503155

 

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

These are provided by Public Record Office Victoria. These records are not indexed but can be browsed by description and range. They include:

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

 

CITY OF PORT PHILLIP - EMERALD HILL (SOUTH MELBOURNE) VOTER ROLLS 1855-1873

https://heritage.portphillip.vic.gov.au/Research_resources/Online_research_resources/Local_electoral_rolls

 

CITY OF PORT PHILLIP - ST. KILDA VOTER ROLLS 1864-1900

https://heritage.portphillip.vic.gov.au/Research_resources/Online_research_resources/Local_electoral_rolls

 

CITY OF PORT PHILLIP - SANDRIDGE (PORT MELBOURNE) VOTER ROLLS 1861

https://heritage.portphillip.vic.gov.au/Research_resources/Online_research_resources/Local_electoral_rolls

 

GEELONG LIST OF BURGESSES 1849

Geelong Advertiser 8 December 1849 page 2

Includes Kardinia, Barwon, Vallamanta and Bellarine Wards

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/8143172

 

GEELONG BURGESS ROLL CLAIMANTS 1849

Geelong Advertiser 29 December 1849 page 2

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/8143224

 

GEELONG LIST OF BURGESSES 1850

Geelong Advertiser 9 September 1850 pages 1 and 2

Bellarine and Barwon Wards

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/8143949

Kardinia and Villamanta Wards

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/8143950

 

FAMILYSEARCH - GEELONG BURGESS ROLLS 1850-1916

Original records held at the Geelong Historical Records Centre, Geelong.

https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/551240?availability=Family%20History%20Library

 

FAMILYSEARCH - PORTLAND BURGESS ROLLS 1870-1882

Original records housed at History House, Portland.

https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/571286?availability=Family%20History%20Library

 

FAMILYSEARCH - VOTERS ROLLS MALDON AND CASTLEMAINE DISTRICTS 1856, 1862 AND 1875

Original records in possession of Mr. M. J. Blume, Castlemaine.

https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/204669?availability=Family%20History%20Library

 

NEWSPAPERS

Some 19th century electoral rolls may be found in newspapers. Lists of voters supporting particular candidates appear in newspapers prior to elections. See Newspapers, Magazines and Journals.


 

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