Illuminate Australian society and your family history using census records from 1788 to 1901
This page lists resources that will help you to find key statistics.
To find detailed demographic data and reports, click on your area of interest:
Before you start your research, figure out what information you want to find:
Are you looking for information about a point in time, or a longer time period? What years in particular?
Do you want information related to small areas (for example, a suburb), or larger areas (for example, Victoria)?
Topic/s of interest
In most cases you will find information about numbers of residents in different areas, and statistics about their:
These statistics will usually be organised by area (place of residence) and gender. The 1973 Victorian year book (available online and in print) includes a table showing what information was collected in censuses from 1854-1971 (see page 20 in print, or page 40 of online PDF).
Using census statistics, you can answer questions like:
These types of information add interest to family and local histories, and places people in their social context.
Be aware that:
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