The full title is 'Sands and McDougall's Melbourne and Suburban Directory for 1884 containing street, alphabetical, and trade directory Melbourne and suburbs, together with government. official, legal, municipal and miscellaneous information'
A fascinating feature is a Universal Building Societies Supplement which includes 15 pages of architectural house plans of the day - layouts and elevations - with the house price for each. This have estimated prices ranging from £150 for a basic wooden house to substantial brick dwellings for just over £1000 - with servants room included. The introduction to the plans states:
The accompanying plans have been prepared by Messrs. N. Billing and Son, architects. The estimated cost of each building includes all charges in connexion with the erection thereof ...
The directory includes many pages of advertisements - all useful information, often including names of people and places.
The whole 1268 page directory, including most text in the ads, is searchable, useful not only for finding names, but also places, occupations and other information for family and local historians.
Originally produced by Archive CD Books Australia in 2004, this title has now been remastered and re-released, and includes better searching capability. This CD contains high quality scanned images of the whole of the original book, and has been bookmarked for easy navigation. Pages can be searched, browsed, enlarged and printed out if required.