VIC DELWP - Victoria Unearthed - Sands & McDougall Business Directory (Point) 1896-1974

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This dataset presents the location of business listings from Sands & McDougall's Directory of Victoria. The data was created by digitising the published business directories using an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) process. The extracted information includes the business name, address and business type as listed in the Sands & McDougall directories. The address information was subsequently geocoded to provide a spatial location. The data spans the the Sands & McDougall's Directory of Victoria publication years 1896, 1925 and 1974.

Victoria Unearthed is a collection of data which includes past and present information about historical businesses, potential land and groundwater contamination, as well as information about contamination management and cleanup activities. Victoria Unearthed has been created in response to the Independent Inquiry into the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

For further information about this dataset, visit the data source:Government of Victoria - Department of Land, Water and Planning.

Please note:

  • Attributes captured by OCR ("directory address", "business name" and "business type") are uncorrected and may include errors.

  • The positional accuracy is affected by the limitations inherent with OCR and geocoding. Some issues such as changing street names, are exacerbated by the age of the records.

  • The directories were not consistent in the amount of information captured as the business address, in many cases it only lists the town or suburb for the business.

  • A modern (July 2018) property address, street or locality as defined by VicMap has been captured for all records.

  • Additional information has been provided to allow the accuracy of the results to be evaluated with each record containing the data used at each stage of the data capture process.


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Field Value
Last Updated July 4, 2023, 02:13 (UTC)
Created July 4, 2023, 02:03 (UTC)
ADP ID datasource-VIC_Govt_DELWP-UoM_AURIN_DB:delwp_vic_unearthed_sands_mcdougall_1896_1974
Access Level Open Access
Aggregation Level NA
Attribute List Adopted Corner, Adopted Locality, Adopted Street Name, Adopted Street Number, Adopted Street Type, Business Name, Business Type, Directory Address, Directory Time Start, Directory Year, Geocode Location Type, Geocode Partial Match, Geocode Result Type, Geocode Status, Geometry, Page Number, Post Geocode Location Quality, Pregeocode Status, Quality Assurance Issue, Quality Assurance Location Type, Quality Assurance Status, Quality Assurance Type, Returned Locality, Returned Street Name, Returned Street Number, Returned Street Type, State Library Victoria URL, Unique Feature Identifier, VicMap Address, VicMap Persistent Feature Identifier, VicMap Product
Attribution Government of Victoria - Department of Environment Land Water and Planning, (2019): VIC DELWP - Victoria Unearthed - Sands & McDougall Business Directory (Point) 1896-1974; accessed from AURIN on [date of access].
Coordinate Ref. System EPSG:4283 (GDA_1994)
Copyright Notice © Government of Victoria - Department of Environment Land Water and Planning 2019
Geometry Field geom
Key id
Type dataset
spatial {"type": "Polygon", "coordinates": [[[140.96, -39.16], [149.98, -39.16], [149.98, -33.98], [140.96, -33.98], [140.96, -39.16]]]}