Victoria (abbreviated as Vic.) is a state in the south-east of Australia. Victoria is Australia's most densely populated state and its second-most populous state overall. Most of its population is concentrated in the area surrounding Port Phillip Bay, which includes the metropolitan area of its capital and largest city, Melbourne, which is Australia's second-largest city. Geographically the smallest state on the Australian mainland, Victoria is bordered by Bass Strait and Tasmania to the south, New South Wales to the north, the Tasman Sea to the east, and South Australia to the west.
Prior to European settlement, the area now constituting Victoria was inhabited by a large number of Aboriginal peoples, collectively known as the Koori. With Great Britain having claimed the entire Australian continent east of the 135th meridian east in 1788, Victoria was included in the wider colony of New South Wales. The first settlement in the area occurred in 1803 at Sullivan Bay, and much of what is now Victoria was included in the Port Phillip District in 1836, an administrative division of New South Wales. Victoria was officially created a separate colony in 1851, and achieved self-government in 1855.1
The following Victorian locations are mentioned on this site:
The following Victorian Hotels are discussed on this site:
- Victorian Birth, Death and Marriage Registrations (Index available for download from Internet Archive in *.csv format)
- Victorian Births, Deaths and Marriages (Historical Index): This search of the historical indexes does require you to pay a small fee for each page of results. Certificates are reasonably priced however and contain a wealth of information.
- List of Localities in Victoria (Wikipedia)
- Victorian Towns and Localities: A list of all the current towns and localities in the state of Victoria, Australia, also includes those that now no longer exist or those that had a previous existence under a different name.
- Victorian BDM Place Name Abbreviations List: A Resource maintained by Steven Parker that "is comprised of place name abbreviations used in the Victorian Births, Deaths and Marriages registry indexes".
Accessing Victorian births, marriages and deaths information is significantly complicated by the use of seemingly randomly assigned abbreviations for locations. Additionally,
- Places added to marriage registrations are nearly always the birth place of one of the spouses, typically the male
- Not all places are locations in Victoria
- Some places are referred to by their historical name