Census records are some of the best records I have found when researching family history, because most census records give information about the whole family. But not in Australia. In this post I will try to send you in the right direction for your Australian census type research.
From 1971 to 1996 the ABS had a policy of destruction of the original census forms and their electronic representations, as well as field records. Prior to that it appears most material had been destroyed because of lack of storage facilities, and a fire.
If you think census takers have a hard time these days, take a look at one about to go on his route, which covered 600-700 square miles, in 1911. The 1911 census was the first national census in Australia.
|The Brisbane Courier 1 April 1911 (per. ABS)|