Guide to finding patents, based on the collections of the State Library of Victoria
State Library Victoria holds some nineteenth century patents for New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. We do not hold Tasmanian patents.
Are you searching for a patent registered in an Australian State except Victoria?
Do you know?
State Library Victoria has limited holdings of patents and patent indexes from other States. The State Library in each state should have fuller holdings.
If you know these details: State of registration, patent number and the year, you can order the copies to be retrieved from the relevant State collection. You can phone a librarian on 8664 7002 or request a delivery of the patent on our Online Inquiry form.
The Online Inquiry form can also be found on the Ask a librarian link at the top of the State Library Victoria homepage
If you do not know the patent number and year of the patent, you need to search the relevant indexes. Use the available indexes for each State, listed on this page, to establish the date and patent number if they are not known. These indexes vary in date range, and content (selected indexes include text, abstracts and diagrams). These indexes are held onsite. You can order them to be retrieved using your State Library barcode.
1877 to 1886
Patent numbers 1 to 800 and containing name indexes, subject indexes, abridgements of specifications & drawings.
In eight volumes.
State Library Victoria holds 1860 - 1882 in three volumes. These contain name, keyword subject, and abridgements of patents in chronological index. Include the patent number and year when requesting delivery of a patent.
The first patent application in NSW was registered in 1854 and the first grant of a patent was in 1855.The first NSW patents were referred to as Registrations of inventions.
New South Wales patent indexes
State Library Victoria holds 1854 - 1887 in one volume containing name, keyword and subject (by class) indexes and abridgements of specifications (no drawings)
Online indexes to NSW patents 1855 to 1884
The Australian Society for History of Engineering and Technology website has the name and application number indexes 1855 to 1884 under the heading Downloads. Click on the following links to go to the indexes:
State Library Victoria holds 1876 - 1899 (1876-1895, 1896,1897,1989,1899) in one volume.
The volumes listed include indexes and abridgements of specifications and drawings.