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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
Volume 2 - Mar-Nov 1857
Volume 3 - Dec 1857-Jun 1858
Volume 4 - Oct 1858-Feb 1859
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