information on this website has been gathered by the Victorian Trail
Project team from a range of local historical sources. These resources
include censuses, local collections, and photos.
was introduced in 1801 in order for the government to know a range
of different statistics about the population. A census is taken
every ten years. The census becomes available to the public 100
years after it has been taken. This means that many of the censuses
taken during the Victorian period, those from 1841 to 1891, are
now available to study. From the 1841 census onwards the team were
able to investigate the families that lived in the World Heritage
Site area. The census revealed the families names, their ages and
Many of the
images used on the website are from collections at local museums.
The museums and other institutions involved have kindly given us
permission to reproduce the images here.
Some of the
images on the site are sourced from local historian Michael Richardson's
books. They demonstrate part of his unique collection of archive
photographs of the local area and people.