Last updated:

March 26, 2018

What do I need to know?

The Koorie index close index Definition Often an alphabetised or other sequential list that refers to records arranged in a different, less accessible sequence. Often one index will point you to a number you may need to access an item in a related set of records. (see also nominal index, numerical index and subject index). of names is a database which can be searched to locate references to Victorian Aboriginal people who are mentioned in some archival records that relate to Aboriginal affairs (1839-1946). This database is not accessible online and is only searchable on-site at the Victorian Archives Centre close Victorian Archives Centre Definition This is the main repository for Victorian government archives and the offices of Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) and National Archives Australia (NAA) Victoria branch. There is a joint reading room at the centre between PROV and the NAA at 99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne. in North Melbourne or at the Ballarat Archives Centre. The original archival record has been transcribed for the Koorie Index of Names. Therefore the index may reflect variations in spelling of names and places.

The index is not a dossier of Aboriginal people, groups and places in Victoria.


How do I search?

  1. The index can be searched on computers at the Victorian Archives Centre reading room close reading room Definition Area set aside at PROV centres for public access to records and research (formerly known as ‘search rooms’). Visit the Contact us page for more. in North Melbourne or at the Ballarat Regional Archives Centre.
  1. Enter a partial or full name into the index. Entering less information (e.g. surname only, or partial surname) can sometimes yield more results.
  1. You can also search by place (i.e. Lake Tyers, Milltown).
  1. Note the reference number provided and enter this information into the advanced search page - then order close order Definition Physical records can be ordered for viewing in PROV’s reading rooms.  When a user orders a record, it is reserved solely for their use. the original archival record in which the name appears.
  1. Original records, once ordered, can be viewed and copied in PROV's North Melbourne Reading Room.

About these records

The records that have been indexed so far broadly cover  the period 1839 to 1946.

Most of the government records linked to these names are letters and reports relating to the Victorian Aboriginal missions and reserves, as well as the early work of the Aboriginal Protectorate. The records were created by government employees, mission and reserve staff, as well as Aboriginal people.


Who created these records?

Next Steps

Aboriginal family history researchers can request searches of both the Koorie Index of Names and BTH (National Archives) databases of Aboriginal names by contacting the Koorie Reference Officer using our online enquiry form.

Click here for information about the National Archives of Australia’s Bringing Them Home name index of Aboriginal records in its collection.

The index only covers a small portion of material about Aboriginal Victorians in our collection. See the Aboriginal Victorians page for links to further record series close record series Definition A record series is a group of records which are recorded or maintained by the same agency (or agencies) and which: ·    are in the same numerical, alphabetical, chronological or other identifiable sequence; or ·    result from the same accumulation or filing process. A series is composed of items and can consist of a single item or several thousand items. It may be recorded by a single agency or by a succession of agencies. A Victorian Public Record Series is identified by the prefix VPRS followed by a space then a sequential number.   which are not covered by the index.


What are in these records?

The index does not contain personal information about the people named, but provides a reference to the original archival record where that name appears.

Information indexed includes:

  • names of Aboriginal people
  • names of non-Aboriginal people related to or associated with Aboriginal people
  • names of Government missions and reserves where Aboriginal people were placed
  • names of Government stations and depots associated with Aboriginal people
  • places where Aboriginal people have lived or visited
  • details of records where that name appears

These records provide evidence of past attitudes held by government officials and other individuals and may contain information which may be culturally insensitive or inappropriate.