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How do I find an electronic copy of a map of Victoria, say around 1853? In particular covering the north west of the state.
Good afternoon Helen
We may have paper maps of Victoria that we may be able to digitise for you at a small cost. For the very north-east of Victoria we have river surveys of the Glenelg, Wimmera and Murray rivers online (http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewConsignment&entityId=8168&consignment=P0005).
There are literally thousands more maps in the historic plans collection, including an ‘explorers’ sequence, which from memory contains maps which refer to activities around 1853 (http://prov.vic.gov.au/index_search?searchid=61). You can request scanned copies of these maps.
If you want a born-digital map showing the overall understanding of Victoria at that point, I’d suggest maybe trying Land Victoria. Most of the maps we keep were made for specific purposes rather than general information.
Do you have early records for the SEC (State Electricity), particularly employees records?
If so, how would I be able to access them?
Good morning Enid
An advanced search of our catalogue has identified that we hold records relating to the State Electricity Commission (VA 1002).
If you click on the “records” tab within this agency, you will see 152 records listed against the agency of which you can check out the titles of and order specific files if required to view within the North Melbourne reading room.
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