Researching your ancestors' occupations

How to identify your ancestors' occupations and find more information their employment history.

Postal Service and Telegraph workers

The following indexes, compiled by John Waghorn, are an excellent starting point for researching postal and telegraph workers and mail contractors.

The above indexes relate to the Waghorn collection of Victorian post office records, 1837-1901, held in the State Library Victoria's Manuscript collection.


Details relating to the appointment, transfer and promotion of postal, telegraph and telephone workers can be found in the Commonwealth Government Gazette. For information on how to access the Commonwealth Government Gazette, please see the Australian Public servants 1901 - section of this guide.

Bob the telegraph messenger

You're right its me, Bob Kent, age 14 yrs, telegraph messenger, Queenscliff, 1923. H2010.120/1