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This directory was reprinted in facsimile in A second edition in contained names. Although Mouritz left register books at various business places for readers to supply additional names and corrections for future editions, no more seem to have appeared. Pierce ; several Melbourne commercial directories between and ; and John Tanner's Melbourne Directory for Copies of these are now quite rare, for all were short-lived compared with the series of annual commercial and general directories of Melbourne and suburbs inaugurated by John Sands of Sydney in Ceasing with the volume in the 'One hundred and seventeenth year of publication', the directory had appeared annually since with the exception only of the single volume for the war years While researchers will find gaps and conflicts in the information, judicious and persistent cross-referencing of the street, alphabetical and trade sections usually produces dividends.
There is simply nothing to match these directories for their reliability, comprehensive coverage, and continuity of publication. There are also various business directories, which proliferated after Melbourne's directories have become of inestimable value to social scientists and historians, especially given the destruction of Victorian manuscript schedules, the absence of 19th-century voters' rolls, and the difficulty of using municipal valuation books, rate books and voter lists.
While American urban historians and sociologists had long employed their superior city directories, the first sophisticated historical use of Australian directories appears to have been by Graeme Davison in his research for The rise and fall of Marvellous Melbourne Printed directories were expensive to compile, and by reason of their size expensive to print and distribute and awkward to shelve and use.
The first Sands directory of Melbourne was an octavo book of pages, the last a tome of pages.