Last updated:

March 24, 2021

What do I need to know?

Records of a teacher's service in government schools are scattered throughout our collection (you can browse this list and filter it using the date range using the sliders), however teacher record books contain the most consolidated summary of a teacher's service in public schools.  

You will need to know: 

  • the name (given name and maiden name) of the teacher
  • the teacher record number and/or names of schools taught
  • approximate year they began their service.

How do I search?

This is a two step search:

  1. Identify a teacher's record number by entering their name into the first search form below. The numbers of the teachers whose names match your search will appear in your search results.
  2. Return to this page and view the Teacher Record Books online at (see Next Steps).

Note: If you prefer to view the original Teacher Record Books via our catalogue, search by the year below and browse the results using the teacher record number as a reference.  

About these records

These records were created to provide a summary of the working history of each teacher in government service in Victoria. In 1862, the Board of Education was founded after the Denominational School Board and National School Board were abolished. This series was created by the Board of Education in 1863 the Department stopped creating teacher record books in 1959.


Who created these records?

Education Department   VA 714

Next Steps

1. You can access the records on, or to view these records for free within Public Record Office Victoria Reading Rooms, click on this link: Reading Room Access Only

2. Once you have used a link above, use the dropdown list at the top right hand side of the screen under "Browse this Collection". Select < Eildon Teacher Record Books>. Despite the title Eildon, these are actually all the PROV Teacher Record Books accessible online through Ancestry.

  • Once you have selected "Eildon Teacher Record Books", the heading "range" and a series of years, commencing with 1914, will appear beneath the dropdown list
  • Select a year, noting that the 1914 leads to all records from 1863-1914, and 1934 link leads to all records from 1934-1959. This will take you to a new page where you can browse through the pages of teacher records.
  • The teacher record number is located at the top left or right of the page

To access records of your own employment from approximately 1960 onwards, contact the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

What are in these records?

The records generally include the following information about each teacher:

  • name
  • date of birth
  • schools taught at (identified by school number)
  • classification (this is that of the teacher, based on assessment, promotions etc.)
  • authority (the date the teacher commenced at a particular school, and a reference to correspondence supporting the commencement)
  • remarks (of inspectors of teachers). 

Also sometimes included are:

  • place of birth
  • qualifications and
  • assessments