Saturday, June 6, 2015
Scots in Victoria, Australia
Scots Wha Hae was a recent exhibit at the Immigration Museum (part of Museums Victoria) that examined the Scottish community in Victoria. On the exhibit page is a video with recent Scottish immigrants. I was much amused by the fact that one immigrant felt their new home Down Under reminded them of Glasgow and another was reminded of Edinburgh.
The Immigration Discovery Centre has a page dedicated to Family History Research. A reference sheet for Scottish Migration to Australia can be found here. The Centre also has data on Immigrant Communities and an online exhibit on Identity. These pages would be useful those studying immigration, ethnicity, or identity as data for a comparative study for a college paper or inspiration for a larger project.
Origins hosted by Museum Victoria is based on census data collected in Victoria since 1854. The page dedicated to Scottish immigrants is here.
There are many Scottish associations in Victoria including the Scots of Victoria, Australia. More groups can be found here.
A comparison of Scots in the 2006 and 2011 censuses can be found here (PDF).
Birth, Marriage, and Death records for Victoria can be found here. Bear in mind that there is a cost to see the search results. Then on the results page is information on ordering the record needed.
The State Library of Western Australia hosts a page for research in Victoria here.
Resources available at Ancestry.com are listed here.
The FamilySearch Wiki page for Victoria could use a little help; but the main page for Australia looks useful.
The Australian Government has a web page dedicated to Family History with links to further information on many topics including Indigenous Family History, Anzacs, and how to get Birthday and Special Occasion Greetings from the Prime Minister or the Queen.
See what Family History resources are available at the National Archives of Australia.
And finally, see the Family History resources at the National Library of Australia. Resources specific to immigration can be found here.