Find your ancestors in Cyclopedia of Victoria


Do you have Victorian ancestry?

(J. Smith 1903-05). The Cyclopedias that were published for most states of Australia around the beginning of the 20th Century are a vast resource of historical and biographical information on the state concerned - the people, towns, industries, professional, commercial and social institutions and much more. They include thousands of illustrations, the larger number of these being portraits of those whose biographies are included. These are not just the rich and famous, but include a high percentage of the ordinary citizens in each community.


  • Administration of justice

  • Aborigines

  • Architects and civil Engineers

  • Accountants

  • Auctioneers

  • Banking

  • Climate

  • Defence force

  • Dentistry

  • Education

  • Geology

  • Governors

  • Botanical gardens

  • Government departments

  • History of Victoria

  • Hospitals

  • Parliament

  • Melbourne post office

  • Victorian Press

  • Pharmacy board of Victoria

  • Stock and share brokers

  • Law officers

  • Marine Board

  • The Royal mint

  • Medical

  • Manufactures

  • Old colonialists

  • Vegetation

  • Zoology of Victoria

  • Biographical index


  • Aerated waters and cordial manufactures

  • Art, science, literature

  • Chamber of commerce

  • Charitable Institutions

  • Ecclesiastical

  • Educational

  • Fraternal Societies

  • Sporting

  • Suburbs of Melbourne

  • Jewellers and watchmakers

  • Many Victorian towns and their vicinities

  • Biographical index


  • Health resorts

  • Medical

  • Merchants and importers

  • Manufacturers

  • Stage: Historical sketch of the Melbourne Stage

  • Many Victorian towns and their vicinities

  • Biographical index

This is a terrific genealogy tool for anyone exploring their Victorian family history or building a family tree.