What location would have been abbreviated as 'HART' in the Victorian BDM registers?

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The indexers for the registers of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the Australian State of Victoria often entered the data in an abbreviated form. I have come across several instances where 'HART' has been entered as a location for birth or death (mainly for registrations occurring during the 1870s).

Any suggestions for the actual place name would be appreciated!
in Genealogy Help by John Rosser G2G6 Mach 1 (14.3k points)

2 Answers

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Could be Hartwell. You probably know by now there is no rhyme, reason nor consistency in these abbreviations.
by Mark Dorney G2G6 Mach 6 (66.5k points)
Thanks Mark, Hartwell fits well with locations recorded in registrations of other family members. An even bigger thanks for including the link to Steve Parker's place name list - most helpful indeed!
Another trick is to search by index number. The index numbers either side are usually registered in the same part of the state and you can triangulate from there. Useful if the abbreviation has been used for a number of different places.
+4 votes

Try also:

Harcourt - near Bendigo and Castlemaine within the goldfields of central Victoria.

Harrietville - near Bright and Beechworth (also goldfields areas)

Hart is also the usual abbreviation in Victorian records for the female given name of Harriet.

Hartwell, although established in 1853, was principally a residential village (a suburb of Melbourne) and was only sparsely populated until the early 1900s.

by Peter Knowles G2G6 Mach 7 (70.9k points)


If you think Hartwell fits the locality for other family members, surrounding areas are Camberwell, Burwood, Ashburton, Hawthorn, and Boroondara. 

The landmark building in the village of Hartwell was Tyrone's Hotel.

- Follow the railway stations too - - Read the book ''The Land Boomers'' - - Michael Cannon - [I think] - -ja.

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