How to identify your ancestors' occupations and find more information their employment history.
Search the Library catalogue to find books, journals, images and government publications relating to Victorian apprentices and apprenticeship training. plans. Search for the type of trade, i.e. electrical, railway or construction together with the keyword apprentice* (the asterisk * will retrieve all variations of the keyword, such as apprentice, apprentices and apprenticeship).
Use the catalogue drop-down menu to limit your search to 'Pictures & photographs'. "Journals & newspaper titles" or 'Manuscripts'.
To find records of an individual you need to know the name of the apprentice, the name of the employer and the years during which the apprentice was employed.
The Public Record Office Victoria holds the following collections of apprenticeship records
Apprenticeship records produced after 1990 are not held in the Public Record Office Victoria. Please contact the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority for further information, or contact the Victorian Government Apprenticeship Administration Line on 1300 722 603 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Replacement trade papers can be also obtained from the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority.
Newspapers can be a useful resource for finding information on apprentices and organisations or advertisements for apprenticeship schemes.
Advertising. The Argus, 7 Nov. 1951, p. 17.
A range of Victorian newspapers from the years 1803-1954 are available on the Trove Digitised Newspaper database. Search for newspaper articles relating to an individual an industry or an event. When searching Trove, try searching for a number of keywords ie.Keable apprentice or try enclosing a name or phrase in quotation marks i.e. "General Motors Holden".
Outstanding apprentice, The Argus, 10 May, 1955, p. 19.
If the newspaper isn't on Trove you may need to explore the collections held in the State Library's Newspaper & Family History Reading Rooms.
Our Library subscribes to a wide range of current and historic Australian and international newspaper 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.