Agency VA 3800
Ballarat Mining District
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Date Range: 1858 - 1975
 
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The Ballarat Mining District was one of six mining districts established by the Governor-in-Council on 4 January 1858 under the provisions of An Act for Amending the Laws Relating to the Goldfields (21 Vic.,No.32).

The District was divided at that time into six divisions: Ballarat, Buninyong, Creswick, Smythes Creek, Blackwood and Steiglitz. The boundaries of each of these divisions and of the whole district are described in the Governor-in-Council's proclamation printed in the Government Gazette, 5 January 1858, pages 3-5.

The number, boundaries and names of the divisions and subdivisions within the Ballarat District changed several times throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century. Annual reports of the Mines Department and reports of the Goldfields Commissioners show that by 1890 there were ten divisions within the district and that the number fell to six by 1917, and increased to eight by 1934.

Over time the role of Mining Districts diminished as the administration of mining became more centralised. In 1975 the remaining functions of the Ballarat Mining District were transferred, along with those of all other districts, to the centralised control of the Mines Department.

For further information about the operations of mining districts and the functions of district officials see the Inventory of Agencies for VRG 25 Mining Districts.

Location of Records

In addition to those records listed below, see List of Holdings second edition, 1985, section 9.0.0. and section 4.0.0.

Ballarat District Court of Mines Records

Records attributed to the Ballarat Mining District include records created by district officials such as Registrars and Wardens. A Court of Mines also operated in each District. Although each District had only one Court of Mines, that court may have sat at several localities within the District at various times. Records of the Ballarat District Court of Mines have been determined to be court records rather than administrative records of the mining district. Accordingly they have been attributed to the local courts at which the Ballarat District Court of Mines sat.

 
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? 1872 - ? 1874 Mining Registrar's Register Of Tenements, Ballarat Mining Division VPRS 1461 Ballarat Open
? 1881 - ? 1911 Mining Warden's Register of Mining Leases, Ballarat Mining Division VPRS 1464 Ballarat Open
1856 - 1922 Court, Mining and Lands Records, Creswick Court House VPRS 5943 Ballarat Open
1858 - 1933 Mining Warden's Registers of Surveys, Steiglitz Mining Division VPRS 3560 Ballarat Open
1859 - 1894 Mining Warden's Mining Application Files, Gordon Mining Division VPRS 2516 Ballarat Open
1859 - 1912 Mining Warden's Mining Leases Issued, Creswick Mining Division VPRS 5956 Ballarat Open
1859 - 1916 Mining Warden's Mining Lease Application Files, Creswick Mining Division VPRS 5954 Ballarat Open
1865 - 1869 Mining Warden's Register of Mining Leases and Licenses, Creswick VPRS 5934 Ballarat Open
1868 - 1911 Mining Warden's Registers Of Applications For Mining Licenses, Creswick Mining Division VPRS 5952 Ballarat Open
1868 - 1938 Mining Warden's Registers of Surveys, Smythesdale and Ballarat South Mining Divisions VPRS 3563 Ballarat Open
1868 - 1941 Mining Warden's Registers of Surveys, Buninyong Mining Division VPRS 3561 Ballarat Open
1869 - 1886 Mining Surveyors's Survey Field Books, Ballarat Mining Division VPRS 3688 Ballarat Open
1869 - 1889 Mining Warden's Outward Letter Book, Ballarat Mining Division (1869 - 1871); Court of Petty Sessions Maintenance Register (1872 - 1889) VPRS 1466 Ballarat Open
1869 - 1919 Mining Warden's Registers Of Applications For Mining Leases, Ballarat Mining Division VPRS 1458 Ballarat Open
1871 - 1872 Mining Surveyor's Surveys, Ballarat East Division VPRS 1019 Ballarat Open
1871 - 1896 Mining Warden's Registers Of Applications For Mining Licenses, Gordon Mining Division VPRS 724 Ballarat Open
1871 - 1914 Applications For Residence and Business Areas and Claims, Ballarat Central Mining Division VPRS 1382 Ballarat Open
1873 - 1906 Mining Registrar's Register Of Water Rights, Creswick Mining Division VPRS 5936 Ballarat Open
1874 - 1936 Index to Residence Area Rights, Ballarat Central Mining Division VPRS 15678 Ballarat Open
1879 - 1934 Mining Surveyors's Survey Field Books, Symthesdale & Ballarat South Mining Divisions VPRS 3568 Ballarat Open
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1858 - 1975 Mining Districts VRG 25