Search our database of former members, and explore lists of our previous Presidents, Speakers and Premiers.
Women in Parliament
Learn about the fight for women's suffrage, and discover the extraordinary Victorian women who have changed our Parliament and our state.
The federal years 1901-1927
On 1 January 1901 Australia became a nation. With a national capital yet to be established, the new Federal Parliament was housed at Victoria’s Parliament House from 1901 to 1927.
History of elections
Elections help create a diverse and representative Parliament. Today all Victorians have a say in our democracy, and those with Australian citizenship can vote and stand for election in Parliament. This was not always the case.
History of political parties in Victoria
The first Victorian political parties were created in the 1890s. The change from factional to party politics significantly changed how the Parliament of Victoria works.
The Legislative Council 1851-1856
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.
The housekeeper's granddaughter
Did you know that Parliament House was once a family home? For over 130 years, Parliament's housekeepers and their families lived onsite. One lucky resident was Louise Butler, granddaughter of Assembly housekeeper George Pearse.