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Taking the census

Join this Vicfix campaign and contribute essential data to historic articles about taking the census

Vicfix is improving the searchability of digitised newspaper articles and making the hidden details of Victoria's rich history available for everyone.

About the census

The first census of the colony of Victoria was taken on 25 May 1836, when the newly settled population of Port Phillip consisted of only 142 males and 35 females 'exclusive of aborigines'.

The census has since expanded to interrogate diverse aspects of our lives, but as historic newspaper reports attest, the question of religious faith has attracted obscure and humorous responses long before 'Jedi' became a meme. Also available in these articles are fascinating details about the census' evolution over time, and the mindboggling feat of counting and sorting its data in the pre-computer era.

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Taking the census, wood engraving, 1881

Taking the census

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