Australian Electoral Rolls 1901 – 1936 have recently been added to Ancestry library edition for all States except South Australia. Coverage varies from State to State. For example, only the 1930 and 1936 electoral rolls for New South Wales are included whereas there are seven electoral rolls for Queensland and five for Western Australia.
Searching is possible across all electoral rolls at the same time or the search can be limited to a particular State. Searching can also be limited by gender, electoral district, year range or keyword.
The easiest way to access this new database is by clicking on the Search tab from the Ancestry library edition home page and then selecting Australia under Browse by location. Selecting any of the States will take you to a list of Australian databases and you will see the Australian Electoral Rolls with a New/Updated annotation beside it in red.
Some of these electoral rolls are already held by the State Library in other formats but, in many cases, they are available for the first time. Why not try searching for one of your ancestors or a famous Australian?
The image below (221414PD) is from our Pictorial Collection and was added to the catalogue as part of the Historical Records Rescue Consortium (HRRC) project. It shows three people voting in the federal election in 1940 and is part of the Collection of images from the West Australian Newspaper (BA1555).