Hansard 1856-9

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From 1851 to 1856, Victoria had only one legislative body, the Legislative Council, which held its proceedings at St Patrick's Hall in Bourke Street Melbourne. Proceedings of the Council were reported in the Argus newspaper and can be found on the National Archive of Australia's Trove website.

Victorian Hansard (Argus Reports)

For the first decade of the Parliament of Victoria (1856-1865), reports of the debates of both houses were transcribed and published by the Argus newspaper. These reports are known as the Victorian Hansard. Victorian Hansard volumes are numbered 1-12. Hansard volumes proper commence with the 5th Parliament, in February, 1866 and numbering of volumes begins again with volume 1.

Note that Hansard reporting for the Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly is intermingled in these volumes.

(1st Parliament, Victorian Hansard volumes 1-4)

Volume 1 - Nov 1856-Mar 1857

21 November 1856 - 10 December 1856  11 December 1856 - 7 January 1857  8 January 1857 - 23 January 1857 27 January 1857 - 11 February 1857 12 February 1857 - 11 March 1857

Volume 2 - Mar-Nov 1857

25 March - 4 June  5 June - 7 July  8 July - 19 August  20 August - 29 September  30 September - 24 November

Volume 3 -  Dec 1857-Jun 1858

3 December 1857 - 5 January 1858 6 January 1858 - 2 February 1858 3 February 1858 - 10 March 1858 8 April 1858 - 13 May 1858 18 March 1858 - 4 June 1858

Volume 4 -  Oct 1858-Feb 1859

7 October 1858 - 29 October 1858  2 November 1858 - 16 November 1858  25 November 1858 - 16 December 1858  17 December 1858 - 3 February 1859  4 February 1859- 24 February 1859