Research Victoria's primary and secondary schools, text books and readers, past exams and results, curricula
We have several items in our collection relating to Victorian teacher union groups, including books, journals and newspapers.
Do a catalogue search such as teacher unions Victoria* and browse results, (the * will find Victoria and Victorian) .
Over the years teachers were required to be state registered and lists of those registered have been published. Up until about 1991, the occupational registers were usually published in or as separate issues of the Victoria Government Gazette. Since then many have been published as separate publications and most are now only available online.
To research occupational registers, and past and present award rates for teachers in Victoria - see Occupations and Wages tab on our Victorian Government Publications Research Guide.
The Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) holds Teacher record books (1863-1959). 1914 to 1957 have been digitised and can be accessed on Ancestry.com, within the State Library building (or at your local public library in Victoria).
Teacher record books contain the most consolidated summary of a teacher's service in public schools. The records include the teacher's date of birth, schools taught at (identified by school number), classification, and remarks (of inspectors of teachers).
You will first need to find the teacher record number by searching the teacher's name on the PROV website.
To find the records from the home page of Ancestry.com, click on Search and then Card Catalogue. Do a Keyword search for - Victoria, Australia, Selected Trial Brief and Correspondence Registers and Other Images, 1837-1993. Look for Eildon Teacher Record Books and Register. Note: Despite the title Eildon, these are actually all the PROV Teacher Record Books accessible online through Ancestry.
These records are not indexed but can be browsed by description and range.
Teacher and children in a classroom H2012.171/456
In addition to the Teacher Record Books Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) also holds Apprenticeship records (1976-1990) and Non government school teacher records.
To access records of your own employment in a government from approximately 1960 onwards, you will need to contact the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
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.