Australia Business Records and Commerce

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Online Records[edit | edit source]

1919-1935 Victoria, Australia, Battle to Farm, 1919-1935 index and images - at Ancestry ($)

Business Directories[edit | edit source]

Pastoral (Ranching) Directories[edit | edit source]

Licenses[edit | edit source]

Police Gazettes (including license news)[edit | edit source]

Business Occupations[edit | edit source]

Content of Business Records[edit | edit source]

Australia businesses and commercial companies seldom contain dates or places of birth, marriage, or death but they can have valuable genealogical information.

  • Pub owners, butchers, lumberjacks, auctioneers, or other professionals had to be licensed. Licenses were granted by the courts, and notices were then published in the Government Gazette. For further information about gazettes, read the Court Records article.
  • Lawyers at the time kept detailed records for their clients. Included in these records are:
    • probate material
    • adoption records
    • insurance papers
    • lawsuits, and other sources that may help you trace your ancestors.
  • Some bank ledgers in Australia give:
    • the name
    • occupation
    • residence
    • age
    • place of birth (by county and country)
    • year of immigration and name of ship
    • a physical description of depositors.

Finding Business Records[edit | edit source]

Many business records are deposited in Australian national archives, state archives, and other local repositories. For further information, read the Archives and Libraries article.

FamilySearch Library[edit | edit source]

Additional sources are listed in the FamilySearch Catalog: