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There are a variety of resources you can use to discover the history of your house.
The resources available for each house may be different, due to the fact the availability, organization, and location of records vary from state to state.
The three sources most commonly used to research houses, particularly in determining when they were built and who they were built for, are street directories, council rate books and Title Office records.
There are several websites which provide information on resources and where to find them. The sites are generally specific to individual states. Examples include:
City of Canterbury Library's Research Guide 1: Buildings
State Records New South Wales Archives in Brief 116 Researching your house and property
Queensland State Archives Brief Guide 27 Tracing the history of your house
State Library of Victoria Library's guide Researching buildings and houses
State Library of South Australia's guide Tracing the history of a house
There are also several useful print items available:
Sometimes, you can also find historic newspaper articles and photos of your house by searching Trove. This is particularly useful for houses with well known names.
The National Library can provide copies of certain materials and interlibrary loans for registered users. For more information go to our Copies Direct service.
See also the FAQ Where can I find old architectural plans and drawings?
Author: General Reference Enquiry