Victorian Post Office Directory 1888 (Wise)

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Media: DATA CD - 1CD (1705 pages)
Author: H. Wise
Year: (1888) 2008
ISBN: 9781921515569
Publisher: Archive Digital Books Australasia

Directories are one of the most effective ways of tracing members of a family, especially tradesmen. Many small businesses needed to ensure the public was aware of their activity and one of the better ways to do
this in an age before media dominated was via a directory. The value of directories as a research tool is enhanced when no census material is available.

Directories hold an immense amount of useful information, and are a wonderful resource for the historian researching social history, local history or family history. And this 1888 edition of Wise's Post Office Directory for Victoria is no different.

With over 1500 postal districts, towns and townships in Victoria mentioned, using this directory you can expect to find people named with their
addresses under:

  • Alphabetical directory (colony-wide) - residents of the colony arranged alphabetically, includes private and business firms
  • Trade and professional directory - arranged by alphabetically by town, then by occupation, gives the name ad address of each business
  • Towns and districts directories - names of business residents only, arranged alphabetically by town

Other sections including names but usually not addresses:

  • Commerce management - banking, insurance companies, exporters of English goods to Victoria
  • Government - MPs, heads of departments
  • Clergy
  • University of Melbourne academic staff, teachers in private schools
  • Medical practitioners, hospitals, dentists, pharmacists
  • Courts - judicial officers, barristers, solicitors, justices of the peace

The whole 1700+ 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.
High quality scanned images of the whole of the original book. This CD has been bookmarked for easy navigation, and pages can be searched, browsed, enlarged and printed out if required.

Any computer using Adobe (Acrobat) Reader 4 or later
Adobe Reader 6 or later is recommended for CDs with searchable text

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