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These records were created in the process of administration of a range of Victorian Government functions relating to transport including: public transport, road transport regulation, roads and bridges, railways, and ports and harbours. In particular, we hold large collections of tram and railway photographs. Some of the records cover employment relating to transport and related workers employed by the Victorian Government.

The guides below will help you search these record series - scroll down to search under a specific topic. However, for more comprehensive and targeted searching, you may want to consider using the simple or advanced collection searches located at the top of this page.

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There are two main sets of searches from which you can select. The first set are designed specifically to search for particular types of transport records:

The second set of general searches can be used for much broader keyword searching on records created by particular types of transport agencies:

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of Trains, Trams, Buses, Roads, Ports, Planes and Ships
Various agencies, from 1851 to the present
Construction, operation, maintenance and management - various agencies, 1852-2014
Various agencies, 1850s to the present
Various agencies, 1855-2014