Pinpoint your Australian ancestors quicker and easier with our newly republished electoral roll records.
Very few Australian census records survive, making electoral rolls one of the most important resources available for tracing relatives down under. Much like censuses, electoral rolls will help you keep track of your family over time and reveal information like names, birth years, occupations and addresses.
Previously, our Australian Electoral Rolls existed on the site as simple PDF searches, state by state. We have now added all of the records into one central collection and they are all fully transcribed. This makes searching for your Australian ancestors easier than ever before.
1. All records in one place
Now you can search for all your Australian ancestors, no matter what state they resided in, from the same record set, saving you time and energy.
Current record coverage is as follows:
- New South Wales (1903, 1913 and 1935) – original images included
- Northern Territory (1895, 1906, 1922, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1934, 1937, and 1940) – no images
- Western Australia (1939, 1943, and 1949) – includes original images
- Queensland (1860-1884, 1895-1915, 1922, 1934, 1941, 1949, and 1959) – some images included
- Tasmania (1916, 1934, and 1943) – some images included
- South Australia (1939, 1941, and 1943) – original images included
2. Fully transcribed and searchable
With the most important data now transcribed, your search results will be more accurate and you should find who you are looking for a lot easier. As the records were transcribed from OCR documents, inevitably there will be errors, however we encourage you to report these using our error reporting tool which is located at the bottom of the transcription page.
3. New search fields
The pre-existing PDF electoral roll collections were only searchable by year, name and image number. Now the search page offers a whole range of criteria including first and last names, birth year, electoral roll year, occupation and location.
A further exciting addition is the ability to search for other household members. In essence, this means searching for two people at once and is extremely useful when your ancestor has a common name or if you're having trouble locating them where you think they should be.
4. Address search
You can now also search solely for an address by switching from the Person tab to the Address tab at the top of the search page. This feature is particularly valuable for social historians who are researching house history. Address search allows you to enter criteria like year, street, place, district and state.
The re-launch of our Australian Electoral Rolls is a multi-phase project. In the coming months, an estimated 100 million more records will be added to the collection, with date coverage up to 1989.