Self Help


We are a not-for-profit organization run by volunteers (enthusiasts, historians, heritage architects, researchers). We may be able to assist you with your research quest but we can’t guarantee this. We encourage you to undertake your own research and this list of resources will help get you started.

  • Sands & McDougall’s Melbourne Postal Directories – this gives the names of property occupants listed alphabetically or by location and street (available on microfiche at the SLV, St Kilda Library & possibly your own local library).
  • St Kilda Rate Rolls, Voter Rolls – gives the names of all property owners (available on microfilm or online).
  • St Kilda Building Surveyor’s Permit Registers (1898-1960) – shows owners, builders and project costs.
    - First try searching at
    - Then view scans at
  • City of Port Phillip Heritage Collection – talk to the Curatorial Services Unit on (03) 9209 6214. Or Search here.
  • Melbourne Mansionsonline database – Lists houses, architects & owners built prior to 1900 compiled by the Architecture Faculty, University of Melbourne. Search by house name or street & suburb. Web link:
  • MMBW plans – 1” = 40’ – Houses existing in c1900: shows allotment plan, house & garden outlines. 
    Go to:
  • JOHN VARDY plans – Shows houses existing in St Kilda in 1872: allotment plan, house outline and whether brick or timber. Available at St Kilda Library & State Library. Web link:
  • SLV Databases – visit the genealogy centre. The SLV subscribes to various online databases that can be accessed for free at the library eg. BDM,
  • Newspapers – The Argus and other local papers are available online at For other papers visit State Library Victoria newspaper collection.
  • Books – the following books will give you a good introduction on how to trace a house’s history:
  • Harvey, David, What House is That?, Heritage Victoria, Melbourne, 2004
  • Sagazio, Celestina, The National Trust Research Manual: Tracing the History of your House, Halstead Press, Sydney, 2004
  • Regan, Des and Press, Kate, How to Trace the History of Your House, Penguin Books,1990.

We are always keen to see research findings and documentation and hope you consider submitting yours for our archives. The Society is gradually building up a collection of family, house and street histories and by sharing knowledge of the area we can assist historians and researchers in the future. 

If you require any further information or would like to send us your research, please use this form to contact us.

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Yalukut Weelam clan

The traditional lands of the Yalukut Weelam clan and the continuing relationship of the Boon Worrung people to our local area

City of Port Phillip

The continuing support of the City of Port Phillip


The contribution made by past and present volunteers

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