An Historical Bibliography for the Port Phillip District (now Victoria, Australia)

Colllins Street, Melbourne with the Union Bank on the right in 1863 [Pictures Collection, State Library of Australia, image H 15456, lithograph hand-coloured by F. Cogne]

The Bibliography was presented by Martin Playne during a series of talks on the Port Phillip District in 1830- 1860 to a U3A group.

Here it is:


Annear, R. (1995) Bearbrass – Imagining early Melbourne (Reed Books Australia, Port Melbourne, Victoria)

Robyn Annear, Nothing But Gold: The Diggers of 1852, Text Publishing, Melbourne, 1999.

Anon. (1846/47) Original members at the Port Phillip Medical Association. Aust Medical J. (Sydney) 1846-7 i: 146.

Baillieu, Darren (1982) Australia Felix: a miscellany from The Geelong Advertiser 1840-1850. (The Craftsman Press: Hawthorn, Victoria)

Bennett, B. (2002) The Fish Markets of Melbourne (B. Bennett, Hawthorn, Melbourne)

Billis RV and Kenyon SA (1974) Pastoral Pioneers of Port Phillip. (2nd Edition. Stockland Press, Melbourne). (first edition was dated 1932)

Billis RV and Kenyon SA (1930) Pastures New: An account of the pastoral occupation of Pt Phillip. (Macmillan & Co., Melbourne)

Bird, Eric CF 1993 The Coast of Victoria: The shaping of scenery. MUP, Melbourne

Geoffrey Blainey, The Rush That Never Ended: A History of Australian Mining, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1969.

Boyce, J. (2011) 1835: The Founding of Melbourne and the Conquest of Australia (Black Inc., Collingwood, Victoria)

Boys RD (1959) First years at Port Phillip 1834-42 (Melbourne) (originally published in 1935, published by Robertson & Mullens Ltd., Melbourne)

Bride, T.E. (1898) Letters from Victorian Pioneers (edited by C.E. Sayers in 1969) (Wm Heinemann Ltd). First published in this edition C. O’Neil, 1983. (Lloyd O’Neil Pty Ltd, South Yarra, Victoria)

Broome, R. (2005) Aboriginal Victorians – A History since 1800 (Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, NSW)

Cannon, M. (1973) Life in the Country: Australia in the Victorian Age: 2 (Nelson)

Cannon, M. (editor) (1982) The Aborigines of Port Phillip 1835-1839 Historical Records of Victoria, Volume 2A (Vic Govt Printing Office, Melbourne)

Cannon, M. (editor) (1983) Aborigines and Protectors 1838-1839. Historical Records of Victoria, Volume 2B (Vic Govt Printing Office, Melbourne)

Cannon, M. (1991) Old Melbourne Town : before the gold rush (Loch Haven Books, Mainridge, Victoria) Cannon, M. (1997) Perilous voyages to the new land. Mornington, Victoria (Today’s Australia Publishing Company)

John Capper, The Immigrant’s Guide to Australia, George Phillip & Son, 1853.

Carter, H.B. (1964) His Majesty’s Spanish Flock. Sir Joseph Banks and the Merinos of George III of England (Angus & Robinson, Sydney)

Mrs Charles Clacy, A Lady’s Visit to the gold diggings of Australia, Lansdowne Press, 1963.

Clark, C.M.H. (1973) A History of Australia . Vol 111. The beginning of an Australian Civilization 1824-1851 (Melbourne University Press, Carlton, Victoria)

Clark, I.D. (1998) editor. The Journals of George Augustus Robinson, Chief Protector, Port Phillip Aboriginal protectorate. (Clarendon, Heritage Matters: Ballarat ) (2nd Edition 2000)

Clark, I.D. (1998) editor. The Journals of George Augustus Robinson, Chief Protector, Port Phillip Aboriginal protectorate. (Clarendon, Heritage Matters: Ballarat ) (2nd Edition 2000)

Curr, E.M. (1965) Recollections of Squatting in Victoria, then called the Port Phillip District (1841 to 1851). 2nd edition., Melbourne University Press, Melbourne. (first published 1883)

Cusack, F. (1973) Bendigo: A History (Heinemann)

Dawson, James (1881) Australian Aborigines: the languages and customs of several tribes of Aborigines in the Western District of Victoria, Australia. (Facsimile Edition, Aust. Inst. Aboriginal Studies, Canberra, 1981, with introduction by Jan Critchett)

De Serville PHH (1980) Port Phillip Gentlemen and good society in Melbourne before the gold rushes. (Oxford Univ Press, Melbourne)

De Serville, P.P.H. (1991) Pounds and Pedigrees: The Upper Class in Victoria 1850-80 (Oxford University Press, Melbourne)

Dingle, T. (1984) The Victorians. Settling (Fairfax Syme & Weldon : Sydney).

Fels, M.H. (1988) Good Men and True: the Aboriginal Police of the Port Phillip District, 1837-1853 (Melbourne University Press, Carlton, Victoria)

Fels, M.H. (2011) ‘I succeeded once’:The Aboriginal Protectorate on the Mornington Peninsula, 1839-1840.(ANU e-Press, Canberra, ACT)

Finn, E. (1888) Chronicles of Early Melbourne (also known as Garryowen’s Chronicles). Also see Wiedenhofer below.

James Flett, History of gold discovery in Victoria, 1970

Samuel T Gill, The Victorian goldfields 1852-3: an original album (edited by M Cannon), Currey O’Neill, Melbourne, 1982.

David Goodman, Gold Seeking: Victoria and California in the 1850s, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1994.

Graham, H.B. (1952) Happenings of the now long past: the centenary of the Medical Society of Victoria. Medical J. Aust. II: p213-228 (Aug 16, 1952)

Gregory, A. (1998) The Ever Open Door. A History of the Royal Melbourne Hospital 1848-1998 (Hyland House, South Melbourne)

Gross, Alan (1956) Charles Joseph La Trobe. Superintendent of the Port Phillip District 1839-1851; Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria 1851-1854. (Melbourne University Press, Melbourne).

Charles Napier Hemy, Days of My Youth (a diary edited by Peter McGann), Peleus Press, Mulgrave, Victoria, 2009

Hocking, G. (1994) Castlemaine from Camp to City 1835-1900. Five Mile Press, Knoxfield, Melbourne

Geoff Hocking, To the diggings!: a celebration of the 150th anniversary
of the discovery of gold in Australia, Lothian Books, 2000.

Hopton, AJ (1950) List of registered and unregistered medical practitioners at Port Phillip between 1835 and 1851. J. Roy Aust Historical Soc., 36: 376-379.

House of Commons, 1854 (1719) Parliamentary Papers. Correspondence relative to recent discovery of gold in Australia. Copy of a despatch from La Trobe to the Duke of Newcastle p. 81-82 (accessed )

Hughes, R. (1987) The Fatal Shore. A history of the transportation of convicts to Australia, 1787-1868 (Collins Harvill, London)

Jones, M (1989) Frankston- Resort to City. Allen & Unwin. (p.74 refers to place names in Frankston)

Joyce, Alfred (1942) A homestead history: being the reminiscences and letters of Alfred Joyce of Plaistow and Norwood, Port Phillip 1843-1864. (Melbourne University Press, Melbourne) Edited by G F James

Seweryn Korzelinski, (translated and edited by Stanley Robe) Life on the goldfields; Memoirs of a Polish migrant; 1850s in Victoria, Mentone Educational Centre, 1994.

Land Conservation Council (1996) Historic Places, special investigation, South-Western Victoria Descriptive Report. 179 pages+ maps (Chapter 3 -History and Heritage, pp25-78)

Land Conservation Council (1997) Historic Places, special investigation, South-Western Victoria Final Recommendations. 176 pages + maps

Lee, Dawn A. (2001) Daughter of Two Worlds (Aboriginal Affairs Victoria, East Melbourne) 82p

Lewis, Miles (1995) Melbourne: the City’s History and Development. 2nd Edition (City of Melbourne) 220pp

McCombie, T. (1858) The History of the Colony of Victoria: from its settlement to the death of Sir Charles Hotham (Sands & Kenny, Melbourne (also digitised as a Goggle book)

McCrae, H. (editor)(1966) Georgiana’s Journal . Georgiana McCrae. Melbourne 1841-1865. 2nd edition. (Angus & Robinson)

McGann, P. (2009) Days of My Youth. Charles Napier Hemy RA, ARA, RWS (Viglione Press and Peleus Press, Melbourne)

McNicoll, R. (1976) The Early Years of the Melbourne Club. (Hawthorn Press, Melbourne).

McNicoll, Ronald (1988) Number 36 Collins Street – Melbourne Club 1838-1988 (Allen & Unwin Haynes and Melbourne Club)

Mollison, A.F. (1980) An Overlanding Diary 1837 (Mast Gully Press, Melbourne) Edited by JO Randell.

Moorhead, LM (1971) Mornington in the wake of Flinders (Shire of Mornington) Mouritz, J.J. (1979) Port Phillip Almanac and Directory for 1847. Facsimile copy of original of 1847. (Library of Australian History, Sydney)

Neale, RP. 1984 Jolly Dogs Are We. The history of yachting in Victoria 1838-1894. Landscape Publications, Mont Albert.

Newnham, W.H. (1971) Victoria Illustrated 1857 & 1862. Engravings from the original editions by S.T. Gill and N. Chevalier. (Lansdowne Press, Sydney)

Newnham, W.H., Carroll, B., Bechervaise, J. and McKay, A. (1977) Historic Melbourne Sketchbook (Rigby, Melbourne) 251 pages.

O’Sullivan DM (1956) David John Thomas: a founder of Victorian medicine. Med J. Aust 1956 I: 1065-1072.

Pascoe, Bruce (2007) Convincing Ground (Aboriginal Studies Press: Canberra, ACT)

Peel, L.J. (1973) History of the Australian Pastoral Industries to 1960. Chapter 2 IN: The Pastoral Industries of Australia – practice and technology of sheep and cattle production (editors G. Alexander & O.B. Williams) (Sydney University Press, Sydney)

Pierce, P.W. (1853) Melbourne Commercial Directory, including Collingwood and Richmond and the almanac for the year 1853. (James Shanley, Melbourne)

Playne, M. J. (2013) Two Squatters: the lives of George Playne and Daniel Jennings. (Martin Playne Publishing, Melbourne)

Plowman, Peter 2010 Across the Pacific: liners from Australia and NZ to North America. Rosenberg Publishing, Dural, NSW.

Pohlman, R.W. Diary for years 1840-41, 1846-49, and 1850-55 SLV Manuscript MSB 194, and diaries and personal papers of Pohlman family 1839-1898 SLV Manuscript MSB 204 (also at RHSV).

Presland, G. (editor) (1977) Journal of George Augustus Robinson. January – March 1840. Records of the Victorian Archaeological Survey, No 5., July 1977.

Presland, G. (1985) Aboriginal Melbourne – The lost land of the Kulin people (McPhee Gribble, Ringwood, Victoria) Presland, G. (1985) The Land of the Kulin. Discovering the lost landscape and the first people of Port Phillip (McPhee Gribble – Penguin, Ringwood, Victoria)

Presland, G. (2008) The Place for a Village: how nature has shaped the city of Melbourne (Museum Victoria Publishing, Melbourne)

Priestley, S. (1984) The Victorians. Making their mark. (Fairfax, Syme & Weldon Associates, McMahon’s Point, Sydney) Public Record Office, Victoria (1985) Historical Records of Victoria. Vol. 4. Communications, Trade & Transport (editors: M. Cannon & I. Macfarlane )

Randell, JO (1976) Kimbolton. (Queensberry Hill Press: Melbourne)

Randell, JO (1977) The Pastoral Pattersons. The history of Myles Patterson and his descendants 1822 to 1976. Limited edition. (Queensberry Hill Press: Melbourne)

Randell, JO (1979) Pastoral Settlement in Northern Victoria . Volume 1. The Coliban District (Queensberry Hill Press: Melbourne)

Randell, JO (1982) Pastoral Settlement in Northern Victoria . Volume 2. The Campaspe District (Chandos, Burwood, Vic)

Randell, JO (1985) Mc Ivor: A History of the Shire and the Township of Heathcote. (McIvor Shire Office, Heathcote)

Rogers, H (1966) The early history of the Mornington Peninsula including Frankston and Westernport. (Hallcraft Publishing CoPty Ltd, Melbourne)

Ruhen, Olaf 1976 Port of Melbourne 1833-1976. Cassells Aust Ltd, Nth Melbourne

Geoffrey Searle, The Golden Age: a history of the Colony of Victoria, 1851-61, Melbourne, 1968.

Geoffrey Serle, To the Diggings!: a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the discovery of gold in Australia, Lothian Books, 2000.

Shaw, AGL (1996) A History of the Port Phillip District – Victoria before Separation (The Miegunyah Press: Melbourne)

Sparrow, Jeff & Sparrow, Jill (2001) Radical Melbourne – A Secret History (The Vulgar Press, Melbourne)

Sparrow, J. and J. (2004) Radical Mebourne 2 – the enemy within (The Vulgar Press, North Carlton, Victoria)

Spreadborough R and Anderson, H. (1983) Victorian Squatters (Melbourne, Red Rooster Press)

Stephens, M. (2014) The Journal of William Thomas, Assistant Protector of the Aborigines of Port Phillip & Guardian of the Aborigines of Victoria 1839-1867 (in 4 volumes). (Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages: Melbourne)

Sullivan, Martin (1985) Men and Women of Port Phillip. Hale & Ironmonger, Sydney.

Sutherland, A. (1888) Victoria and its Metropolis, Past and Present, Vol1: Early History and Culture. Today’s Heritage, Melbourne, 3001. [originally published by McCarron, Bird & Co., Melbourne] 594 pp.

Thiele, F. (2009) Superintendent La Trobe and the amenability of Aboriginal people to British law 1839-1846. Provenance: The Journal of the Public Record Office Victoria, September 2009 (online)

Weidenhofer, M. (1967) GarryOwen’s Melbourne. edited by Weidenhofer (Nelson) (also see Finn, E. above)

Were, Clive W. (1988) A Portrait of J.B.Were and his family. (Publisher: Clive W. Were, Sandringham)

Were JB & Sons (1964) A voyage from Plymouth to Melbourne in 1839. The shipboard and early Melbourne. Diary of JB Were. 1st edit 1964; reprinted 1990 The Craftsman Press, Burwood, Melbourne

Were, J.B. & Son (1954) The House of Were 1839-1954. (Publisher: private – not for sale publication) 520 pages.

Wright, Clare (2013) The forgotten rebels of Eureka (Text Publishing, Melbourne)

Wettenhall, Gib and the Gunditjmara People (2010) The People of Budj Bim (emPress Publishing: Heywood, Victoria) 71 pages


Anon. 2007. Bayside Architectural Trail. Bayside City Council, Sandringham.

Bate, Weston 1962 A History of Brighton. 1st edition Melbourne University Press.

Cribbin, J. 1995. Moorabbin: a pictorial history 1862-1994. City of Kingston, Moorabbin.

Disney, G. & Tarrant, V. 1988. Bayside Reflections: History & Heritage of Sandringham, Hamo\pton, Black Rock & Beaumaris. Sandringham City Council.

Doyle, M. & Sandringham & District Historical Society (2012) The Street Where You Live: street names and their origins, Beaumaris, Black Rock, Hampton, Hampton East, Sandringham, and parts of Cheltenham and Highett. Sandringham & District Historical Society.

Glass, M. E. (2009) Sandringham by the work of all: a history of a bayside municipality. Sandringham & District Historical Society.

Johnson, R. 2013. Norwood, it changed the face of Melbourne. The Publishing Company & Co., Portarlington, Vic 3223.

Mace, L.N. (1994) Brighton Recollections 1920s-30s. Pax Printers & Publishers, Dandenong.

Patterson, G. 2013 Coastal Guide to Nature and History: Port Phillip Bay. Coastal Guide Books, Briar Hill, Vic 3088.

Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) Parish Plan of Moorabbin, M3163, VPRS 16171/P1 (accessed online 10 June 2015) [drawn 1881, additions to 1925, shows names of those who first purchased land from the Crown, also see SLV Maps Catalogue for MMBW and other maps of Moorabbin- Brighton]

Sheehy, T. 1965. A Short History of Moorabbin (A Shire Preceded Three Cities – Moorabbin, Sandringham, Mordialloc). Standard Newspapers, Cheltenham. 48pp










































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