House and Building Histories

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Goulburn has such a rich and diverse architectural history, from workman's cottages to houses designed by well-known architects, to hotels, cathedrals and government buildings.

Your house is part of the history of Goulburn. There are resources that will help you find information such as original owners, property values and historic photos.

Places to look include the Map Collection, Rate Books, Vertical Files, Electoral Rolls and Census information, even Cemetery Records.

Finding the History of Your House

Do you live in a house that's had previous owners? Have you ever wondered when your house was built? Maybe there are stories behind the building you work in? Are you interested in restoring your home to its former…

Goulburn Council Building Permits 1910 – 1950

Gathered from Goulburn Council Meeting Minutes and compiled by E. T. Cross.

Goulburn House Names Past and Present

Compiled by E. T. Cross and revised in 2000, this is an important resource in researching house history

BETTS & SON Solicitor's Papers

One of the major firms operating in the district for over 100 years. The Library has a fully indexed collection of original documents dating from the 1840s through to 1956.These papers are a valuable tool, especially…

Using the Rate Book Indexes

Rates Books are the ledgers used to record rates on properties around Goulburn. This guide explains how to use the Indexes.

Town Ward Map

This colour-coded map helps identify which historic ward your house or property falls into. Complete wards from 1914

Rate Book Indexes 1871 - 1941

The indexes hold invaluable information for researchers. This can include owners and occupiers names and occupations; type of dwelling; land frontage; Section and Lot number; and property value. They can be searched…