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Finding free family history records of Australian ancestors

Occupations and trades

Ever wondered what great granddad did for a living? 

This list comprises links to various sources of occupation and trade / apprentice information.  Many databases are searchable online by surname or trade.

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Australian Capital Territory

  • ACT Memorial - a database of men and women who have an association with the ACT and who served in conflicts

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Queensland

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New South Wales

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Victoria

Western Australia

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South Australia

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Tasmania

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Northern Territory

The Nothern Territory Department of Arts and Museums is responsible for the Northern Territory Archives. A list of collections in the archive is available for download in PDF format (warning: 250+ pages) which can then be searched offline.  The archives can also be searced online using the "Archives Navigator" service although it is not straight forward and no indexes are available. Read the Information for Researchers page for information on the service.

Other lists:

  • Territory Stories - provides a range of stories that record the history and development of the Northern Territory from the early days, to the present

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National

  • Ancestry.com.au - Australian electoral rolls are a good source of information for occupation details of individuals from 1903 onwards.  These are best searched on Ancestry.com.au which has a full and useful index and links to the original records.
  • The Goldminer's database (New Zealand) - Search the names of 50000 goldminers from the goldrushes of New Zealand 1861 - 1872
  • National Police Memorial - Honour Roll - The Memorial pays tribute to Australian Police Officers who have been killed on duty or have died as a result of their duties since the advent of policing in Australia and to recognise the unique nature of police service and the dangers that police face in their daily pursuits.
  • Did your ancestor drive for Cobb & Co?

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