PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE OF VICTORIA
There are a number of databases and images of original Port Phillip District records on the PROV website. These include searchable indexes of government assisted immigrants to Port Phillip 1839-1871; an 1849 Port Phillip District elector's roll and an alphabetical record of burials at the Old Melbourne Cemetery. Original records include registers of convicts and patients in asylums as well as correspondence relating to education and police matters.
CLAN MACALISTER WEBSITE
PPPG Member Max Macalister's website has information about the Macalister family who were early pioneers in Gippsland. Captain Lachlan Macalister purchased 3 blocks of land in the first land sales in Melbourne in 1837.
Three blogs of interest are those run by the Genealogical Society of Victoria; the State Library of Victoria; and the Public Record Office of Victoria.
LA TROBE JOURNALS
Past copies of the La Trobe Journal are available online at the State Library of Victoria website. Contains the full text and images from the first issue onwards.
TASMANIAN BIRTHS, DEATHS & MARRIAGES
The Family Search website has browseable images for Tasmanian civil registration records from 1803 to 1933.
PORT PHILLIP DISTRICT
This site includes copies of Directories of Melbourne and the Port Phillip District, listing the names and addresses of early settlers.
PORT PHILLIP DISTRICT LINKS
Lenore Frost has a list of Port Phillip District links on her website which includes her own pages of Unclaimed Letters at the Melbourne Post Office, 31 December 1842 and a Petition to Edward Curr, 1843.
BALLARAT & DISTRICT GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY INC.
The home page of this site contains numerous links of interest to researchers of the early history of Victoria. A similar site covering south-west Victoria is located at Glenelg and Wannon Settlers.
1841 CENSUS OF NEW SOUTH WALES
A searchable database of the heads of households listed in the 1841 census of New South Wales at the State Records of New South Wales website. Includes the surviving records for County Bourke, Port Phillip District which covers the Melbourne area (the returns for Geelong, the Western District, etc. were lost or destroyed). From their home page click on "Search our on-line indexes" and follow the links.
PORT PHILLIP ALMANAC & DIRECTORY 1847
Dot Wells has transcribed all the names from this 1847 Directory of the Port Phillip District which was compiled by John Joseph Mouritz and printed at the Port Phillip "Herald" office, Little Collins Street, Melbourne by William Clarke.
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF DAVID WILSON VIRTUE
This site contains a lengthy autobiography of Mark Virtue's ancestor, David William Virtue. Entitled "My Life" it starts with his birth in 1828 in Glasgow, Scotland and recounts his family's emigration to Port Phillip in 1839 per "Ariadne" and their life in early Melbourne. Includes an account of his spiritual experiences.
AUSTRALIAN PERIODICAL PUBLICATIONS 1840 - 1845
This free site at the National Library of Australia has digitised images of early newspapers including several from the Port Phillip District. Browse their site for a complete listing. These include "The Melbourne Weekly Courier" (1844-1845) which became "The Melbourne Courier" (1845-1846) and the "Geelong Advertiser" (1840-1845) which became the "Geelong Advertiser and Squatters Advocate" (1845). Can be slow to load but worth the wait. Pages can be printed out.
PORT PHILLIP PAPERS DIGITISING PROJECT
The State Library of Victoria website has free digitised images of early documents relating to European settlement of Victoria. Included are Edward Henty's Journal (1834-1839); John Batman's Journal (1835); John Helder Wedge's Field Book (1835-1836) and John Pascoe Fawkner's early newspaper, the "Melbourne Advertiser" (1838).
ROYAL HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF VICTORIA. The Port Phillip Pioneers Group is a "Society member" of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. Our members are therefore entitled to visit the Society and consult their extensive records. When visiting you will be asked for proof that you are a PPPG member. If you are planning to visit please contact Susan Grant and she will post you a membership card which you can use as proof of your membership. Please note that we will not be issuing membership cards to all PPPG members.
ENTERPRIZE SHIP TRUST
Erik Eriksson of the "Enterprize Ship Trust" has advised that the sailing ship "Enterprize" has its own website. This is a replica of the ship that John Pascoe Fawkner used from 1835 onwards to bring settlers and supplies to Melbourne from Van Diemen's Land. Check out the 'Sailing Schedule' to find out when you can join a voyage.
EMU BOTTOM HOMESTEAD
Emu Bottom Homestead at Sunbury near Melbourne was established by George Evans who arrived at Port Phillip on the sailing ship "Enterprize" in 1835.
"PORT PHILLIP HERALD" 1840 - 1851
A searchable database of the early Melbourne newspaper "Port Phillip Herald" from 3 January 1840 to beyond 1851 is available on Paper of Record's website. Digitised images of the newspaper can then be accessed. This site also contains numerous other newspapers from overseas.
WESTERNPORT SETTLEMENT OF 1826 - 1828
Historical information about this early attempt to settle at Westernport Bay from John Graham.
BOUNTY IMMIGRANTS TO PORT PHILLIP 1839 - 1851
Two separate sets of records were kept of government assisted immigrants to Port Phillip. One set was kept in Melbourne and the other in Sydney. This is a link to a searchable index of the Sydney set at the State Records of New South Wales website. From their home page click on "Search our on-line indexes" and follow the links.
PIONEERS ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA INC. Membership of this organisation is open to persons who are directly descended from one of the Pioneering Families who arrived in South Australia between 1836 and 1845. They are located at Stafford House, 23-25 Leigh Street, Adelaide, South Australia, 5000. Telephone: (08) 82315055 or e-mail..
QUEENSLAND PRE-SEPARATION GROUP
A sub-group of the Queensland Family History Society Inc.
FIRST FLEET FELLOWSHIP
The First Fleet Fellowship Victoria Inc. was formed in 1984 by descendants of those who arrived in Australia on the First Fleet.
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