The Sands and McDougall directories list all people living in Victoria, by their address, like a telephone directory but arranged by street. So whether you are trying to trace a specific ancestor, or want to know who owned your house before you, this is place to start. The PMI holds directories from the mid-1800s to the 1940s electronically and the remainder are on microfiche.
The Sands and McDougall directories can be found on the library computers in the directories folder.> read more
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The core of the PMI’s collection is its selection of books on individual towns in Victoria and wider Australia. We hold books on the vast majority of towns in Victoria and a growing collection of books in interstate towns. Histories of towns and institutions within towns, such as churches and schools, not only give an excellent impression of what the town was like, they also often include information on the townspeople and institutions. The PMI is the only institution that is actively collecting these resources to ensure that the history of Victoria and interstate towns are preserved.
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The PMI Library has more than 30,000 books for loan and a professional information service for our members, we provide a central resource for research into the history of Victoria. We hold many titles that are unavailable elsewhere. It is the only lending collection of its kind in Australia that is available for loan to the general public.> read more
Electronic databases are often overlooked, and the PMI’s collection can provide a myriad of information.
They range from directories like the Sands and McDougall’s directories which cover addresses in first Melbourne and then Victoria, to hospital indexes, to registries for example cemetery burial registries from a wide variety of Victorian cemeteries, to gazettes for example the police gazette, which covers all sorts of ways that people came into contact with the law. These are just examples of some of these sorts of resources and they can be invaluable as they can give you firsthand primary information.> read more