The records we hold about individual blocks of land mostly relate to their ownership over time. We hold many records, created since the arrival of European settlement until recently, about the lease, sale and re-acquisition of State-owned (or 'Crown') land. We also hold records about land transactions between private individuals and companies.
The Melbourne Board of Works series of maps is the only survey which covers the whole of the city and details all structures and physical land detail. Devised for putting the water supply pipes down for Melbourne the work began in central Melbourne and gradually extended the length of the city. In three scales 1":40', 1":160', 1":400'. The State Library of Victoria has digitised very many of the 1":40' maps and has them online.
Begun in 1977 in three scales. 1:2,500, 1:5,000 and 1:10,000 this series updated property boundaries, foot-printed large public buildings and chiefly detailed 1 meter contours for the whole of the city which are still used today. This series is located at the University Library Map Collection, State Library of Victoria and the Victorian Public Records Office.
Online aerial photography in photo-map from. One of the few (possibly only) sources of online historical aerial photography of Melbourne. Similar material from other providers will hopefully become available in the future.