Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Are you researching Victorian Volunteer Force personnel?

Researchers can now access an index to Victorian Volunteer Force personnel for the period 1860-61.

The index was compiled by Thomas Corfmat from information in Victorian Review: A journal of the Volunteer Forces and Civil Service, Bankers and Insurance Record, and Literary Gazette, 1860-61. It provides the name, rank, regiment and company for over 4,300 members of the various volunteer defence forces in Victoria. It is a valuable research aid, as volunteer force service records for the years 1860-61 simply do not exist (records from 1863 onward are held by the National Archives of Australia).

The index is available in microfiche format and can be accessed at Ivanhoe and Diamond Valley libraries.

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