Historical Pioneers’ Register

The RHSV has collected and maintained a register of early colonists in the state of Victoria which is of great historical value. It contains more than 2200 forms. Access to the Historical Register is by appointment with the Librarian collections@historyvictoria.org.au.

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In 1909 the Historical Society of Victoria (becoming the Royal Historical Society of Victoria in 1952) was formed by people determined to capture the history of the state of Victoria. This was to be achieved by creating the ‘Register of early colonists who arrived in Victoria before 21st November 1856′, that captured information about early Victorians.  Later this register a was broadened to become the ‘Historical Register of Persons Who arrived or were born in Victoria before 1900, and/or their descendents.’

People were invited to fill in the forms of their relatives and associates in order to capture information about individual colonists as well as their familial relationships.

Information requested in the registers included:

  • Full name
  • Date and place of birth
  • Name of the parents and their residences
  • Date of arrival in Victoria and name of ship
  • Places of residences in Victoria and with dates
  • public offices held
  • Literary work, publications, inventions or other work of public benefit
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Name of wife in full, with parents names and place of residence
  • Names of children
  • Portrait if available
  • Signature and relationship of the Recorder.

You can fill in an Historical Register form for your ancestors who travelled to or were born in Victoria prior to 1900: Download the form and return to collections@historyvictoria.org.au or RHSV, 239 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne VIC 3000.