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Cole-Tetlow index

The Tetlow index to the Robert K Cole collection of hotel records is an important resource that you can search at the Library, to help you locate information about Melbourne publicans. Compiled by Eric Tetlow, this index contains over 21,000 names of hotel licencees taken from the Melbourne city and metropolitan volumes of the Robert K Cole collection of hotel records held at the State Library of Victoria.

The Cole-Tetlow index was compiled by the State Library of Victoria’s Genealogy Team volunteer, Eric Tetlow using the Robert K Cole Collection of hotel records held in the Library’s Australian Manuscripts Collection. Copies of the original volumes are located in the Library’s Genealogy Centre.

The index entries contain the name of the licencee or owner, location of the hotel, dates when the licence was held and volume and page numbers which can be used to locate an entry in the Robert K Cole Collection of hotel records. Covering the years c 1841 to 1949, the information was gathered by Robert Cole from various sources such as post office directories and newspaper and trade journal notices.

Robert K Cole was a well-known identity in the brewing world of Victoria, joining Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) in 1906 and spending all of his working life at a Victorian plant. He was a member of the Historical Society of Victoria, taking particular interest in the history of the brewing industry and hotels in Victoria.

Search the Cole-Tetlow index at the Library

You can only access the Cole-Tetlow index if you are at the Library.