Illuminate Australian society and your family history using census records from 1788 to 1901
Genealogists and historians who have used English, Scottish and Welsh census records may expect to find individuals listed in Australian census records. However, few records of individuals from earlier Australian censuses survive. Those that do are listed in the pages of this guide.
Even if you can't find information about individuals in census records, you can use other types of records to find home addresses, occupations, ages and so on.
Birth, marriage and death records will help you to figure out a person's age.
An excellent summary of the information contained on birth, marriage and death records from different Australian states/colonies can be found at the website What you can expect to see on an AUS BDM certificate.
A wide selection of all of the records mentioned above are available to access in State Library Victoria's Family History & Newspaper Room.
In line with the stage 3 restrictions announced by the Premier, State Library Victoria closed on Thursday 9 July.
We will advise when there is any update to this situation.
Our Ask A Librarian reference service is still available to assist with your research inquiries.