How to identify your ancestors' occupations and find more information their employment history.
Search the Library catalogue to find books, journals, images, company reports and personal papers. Try searching for the name of the publican, or the name of the hotel or pub. If there are several hotels with the same name, add the name of the suburb i.e. "Prince of Wales" Frankston. Enclosing keywords in quotation marks will ensure that the words are searched as an exact phrase.
Use the catalogue drop-down menu to limit your search to 'Pictures & photographs'. "Journals & newspaper titles" or 'Manuscripts'.
Prince of Wales Hotel, Frankston. H9328
In our collection you can find the Robert K Cole collection of hotel records - an important resource for finding information about Victorian pubs and publicans.
Covering the years c.1841 to 1949, the information was gathered by Robert Cole, a head brewer at CUB Breweries. Using such sources as post office directories, and newspaper and trade journal notices, he compiled brief details about certain hotels in a collection of exercise books. This collection has been made more accessible through two indexing projects by State Library Victoria volunteers.
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 to transcripts of the original volumes, which are located in the Newspapers and Family History Reading Rooms.
You can access the indexes to the Robert K Cole collection by searching the State Library's Australiana index.
A tip for searching the index for a hotel or publican in the Australiana Index – try searching the surname or hotel name followed by the phrase “index of Victorian hotels” (in quotes to search as an exact phrase).
The following indexes may also help you with your research.
Prior to the establishment of the colony of Victoria, the Port Phillip District came under the administration of New South Wales. The following collections includes records relating to publicans and public houses in the Port Phillip District.
The Guide to Australian Business Records provides information on many existing and defunct Victorian breweries. Search by name or the keyword Brewery to retrieve a list of known resources, including depositories of archives. See this example for Carlton and United Breweries.
If the company still exists, check to see if they hold staff records in their archives.
Search the State Library's catalogue and the Trove database for company records relating to a specific brewery.. You may find a history of the company, annual reports, staff magazines or archived business records.
Our research guide Companies in Australia, provides an excellent list of resources for researching historical information on companies.
Loading the bottle washer, Carlton Brewery. H99.149/26
Newspapers can be particularly useful for finding information on pubs, publicans or breweries.
The Trove Digitised Newspaper database provides full text access to a range of Victorian newspapers, published between 1803-1954.
Try searching Trove for a name, a name and hotel, or the name of a brewery. Use quotation marks around keywords to search for an exact phrase.i.e. "Carlton United Breweries" "William Hudson".
Personal paragraphs, The Herald, 11 May 1937, p. 7.
If the newspaper isn't on Trove you may need to explore the collections held in the State Library's Newspapers & Family History Reading Rooms.
Our Library subscribes to a wide range of current and historic Australian and international newspapers databases. They are available in the Library and many can be accessed offsite by Victorian residents who are registered State Library members.
More information can be found in our Newspapers research guides.
What’s Brewing ran between March 1950 and June 1967 and was developed to be the voice of Carlton and United Breweries. The aim of the magazine was to bring staff together by keeping everyone informed of what went on in each section; by highlighting activities within the plant and by covering industry news. It was also a place to showcase sporting activities, social activities and personal events.
Copies are held in storage but can be ordered for viewing in the Library.
Liquid strength, Victoria Brewery, Bitter ale bulk or bottle.
[ca. 1905] H35249/50