Local History Resources

All branches of Yarra Libraries have a physical Local History collection. Larger collections are held in the Richmond, Fitzroy and Collingwood libraries, with smaller collections available at Carlton and North Fitzroy.

We also offer a suite of digital resources to help you find out more about the history of your local area, your house, or your family history.

Contact our Local History Team with a request.



PastPort Yarra

PastPort Yarra is a new mobile website, developed with The University of Melbourne, that allows you to share and discover the rich history and memories of Yarra.

Contribute your own stories and memories of Yarra - check it out here.



Library based collections

Yarra libraries house a wide collection of resources and publications. Allow plenty of time for your research, as most items in this collection are for use in the library only. Members can only borrow items from the Local History collection when multiple copies are held.


Collections are held at Richmond, Collingwood, Fitzroy and Carlton and also available for viewing online through TROVE.

We also maintain an online photographic collection. To search that collection, select Local History from the side menu on our Catalogue, then select Historical Photographs.

About microfiche and CD ROM

There are a large number of microfiche and CDs available at the Fitzroy and Richmond Libraries. Microfiche material consists of indexes and reproductions of primary sources.
To search specifically for microfiche within our online catalogue:

  • Select 'Subject' from the drop down menu.
  • Type 'local history - microform’ in the search box.
  • Click the GO button or hit enter to start your search.
  • Your search results will then be displayed.
  • Select a record to see where that item is located.

If you have any difficulty finding these files, please contact your local branch.

About printed guides

Printed guides of selected collections are also available:

  • Richmond: an annotated bibliography
  • Collingwood: an annotated bibliography
  • Fitzroy: a descriptive bibliography (also includes holdings of other institutions).

Council rates books

  • Richmond Council rate books, 1857-1980 (microfiche) Richmond
  • Collingwood Council rate books (includes Clifton Hill)' 1864 - 1984 (microfilm & microfiche) Fitzroy
  • City of Fitzroy rate books, 1858-1949 (microfilm) and 1958-1973 (digital) Fitzroy
  • City of Melbourne Valuations 1843-1861 (microfiche Fitzroy)
  • City of Melbourne Rate Books 1851-1900 (microfiche Fitzroy)

Postal Directories

  • Sands & Kenny Melbourne directory 1857-1861
  • Sands & McDougall postal directories 1862-1974
  • Wise's Victoria Post Office directory 1884-1899
  • Port Phillip/Victoria directory 1839-1867 (Fitzroy, Richmond)
  • Bailliere's Victorian Directory 1868-1881 (Fitzroy, Richmond)

Electoral rolls

  • Victoria, electoral roll 1856,1903,1908,1912 (Fitzroy, Richmond)
  • Victorian electoral roll & Federal referendum 1899 (Fitzroy)
  • Victoria, electoral roll, 1903 (Fitzroy, Richmond)
  • Victoria, electoral roll 1908 (Fitzroy, Richmond)
  • Victoria, electoral roll 1912 (Fitzroy, Richmond)
  • Victoria, electoral roll 1984 (Fitzroy, Richmond)

Newspapers on microfilm or microfiche

  • Clarion 1980-1985 (Richmond)
  • Clifton Hill Gazette 1888 (Richmond)
  • Clifton Hill Leader 1888-9 (Richmond)
  • Collingwood and Fitzroy Courier 1949-58 (Fitzroy, Richmond)
  • Collingwood and Fitzroy Mercury 1875-1903 (Fitzroy, Richmond)
  • Collingwood Observer 1862-1909 (Fitzroy, Richmond)
  • Fitzroy City Press 1881-1920 (Fitzroy)
  • Native Companion 1907 (Fitzroy)
  • Port Phillip government gazette 1843-1851 (Fitzroy, Richmond)
  • Richmond Advocate 1972-1975 (Richmond)
  • Richmond Australian 1861-1916. (1878-9 missing) (Richmond)
  • Richmond Guardian 1878-1936 (Richmond)
  • Richmond Hawthorn Camberwell Chronicle 1932-1945 (Richmond)
  • Richmond Hawthorn Camberwell Weekly 1930-1932 (Richmond)
  • Richmond News 1946-66 (Richmond)
  • Richmond Recorder 1970-1971 (Richmond)
  • Richmond Scene 1978-1980 (Richmond)
  • Richmond Voice 1975-1977 (Richmond)
  • Richmond Weekly 1927-1930 (Richmond)
  • Star Pictorial 1957 (Fitzroy, Richmond)
  • Richmond Tribune 1894-1906 (Richmond)
  • Richmond Times 1937-39 (Richmond)
  • The Tatler (a Melbourne paper) (1897, 1898) (Fitzroy)
  • The Woodsman (Collingwood) 4.4.1967 - 5.6.1968 (Richmond)

Newspapers in bound volumes

  • Collingwood and Fitzroy Courier 1961-1971 (Collingwood)
  • Collingwood, Fitzroy & Carlton Courier 1958-1960 (Collingwood)
  • The Courier 1951-1973 (Fitzroy)
  • The Digger 1975 (Fitzroy)
  • Fitzroy City Press 1889-1907 (Fitzroy)
  • Melbourne Times 1969-1990 (Fitzroy)
  • 1971-current (Fitzroy, Richmond)
  • Melbourne Leader 1991-current 1991-1993 (Fitzroy, Richmond)
  • Richmond Advocate Dec 1972 - Jul 1975 (Richmond)
  • Richmond News Jul - Oct 1992 (Richmond)
  • Richmond Scene Oct 1983 - Dec 1990 (Richmond)
  • The Voice Apr - Nov 1989 (Richmond)
  • The Woodsman 1967-1968 (Collingwood)
  • Yarra Leader Sept 1994 (Fitzroy, Richmond)
  • Local paper index Victoria part 1 1988 -1996 (microfiche) (Fitzroy)
  • Argus index: 1855-1859, 1910-1949 (microfiche) (Richmond)

Births, deaths & marriages records

The Victorian Birth, Death and Marriage records can now be accessed online at https://www.bdm.vic.gov.au/


  • Births, Victoria 1853-1913 (Richmond)
  • Deaths, Victoria 1854-1980 (Richmond)
  • Marriages, Victoria 1853-1930 (Richmond)
  • Marriages, South Australia 1917-1937 (Richmond)
  • Marriages, Tasmania, 1900-1919 (Richmond)


Maternal and Child Health




Local History Links


Culture Victoria

Victorian Places

The Australian Heritage Photographic Database 

Australian Society of Archivists

Heritage Victoria

History of Places in Australia

Museo Italiano Carlton

National Archives of Australia

National Trust of Australia

Public Record Office Victoria

Royal Historical Society of Victoria