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Series VPRS 27
Transcriptions of Wills [Also Known As Register of Wills] (See Microfilm copy VPRS 525)
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Date Range: Series ? 1841 - ? 1922
  Series in Custody 1841 - 1922
  Contents 1841 - 1922
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1841 - 1852 Supreme Court of N.S.W. for the District of Port Phillip VA 914
1852 - 1922 Master in Equity, Supreme Court (also known as Master in Equity and Lunacy 1867-1923) VA 2624
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1960 - cont Registrar of Probates, Supreme Court VA 2620
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  • How to use the Records
    To access these records, researchers should refer to VPRS 525 Transcriptions of Wills [Also Known As Register of Wills] which is a copy of VPRS 27 on microfilm.

    On the microfilm, as in the volumes, transcribed wills are arranged in probate and administration file number order.

    File numbers of probate and administration files and wills may be obtained from VPRS 3340 Index to Probates and Administrations Issued. The letter "P" within an index entry means that the will was probated and is therefore found in the registers providing the date of lodgement of the application was prior to 1922. The letter "A" in the index entry will signify an administration and there will be no entry in the registers.

    Researchers should also note that the original copies of Wills are located in VPRS 7591 and VPRS 7592 and that these original Wills are available to the public.

  • Function / Content
    These books of transcriptions of wills were known as registers in the Probate Office.

    This series consists of transcribed copies of original wills submitted for the granting of probate. These registers were created by the Master in Equity of the Supreme Court between 1852 and 1922, and previously by the N.S.W. Supreme Court for the district of Port Phillip. These offices were responsible for the granting of probate or letters of administration to the executors of estates of deceased persons. Executors had to apply to the Court for a grant of probate or letter of administration before the assets of the estate could be liquidated if the value of these assets exceeded a certain limit. ($5,000 in 1986.) Applications for probate included a copy of the will and other relevant documentation. Applications for letters of administration involved estates where the deceased had not left a will.

    Until 1922, the Registrar's office removed wills from probate applications, copied and then filed them. These copies were initially handwritten into the books, but were later typed and then bound. Copies were entered into the register in file number order. In the first two registers, the file number was sequential within each volume. In 1853, however, a new file registration system began, utilising a series number and a sequential number within the series. Each series contained one thousand files. Gaps within the numerical sequence of file number in the registers indicate an estate requiring administration.

    The last will dealt with in this fashion was series 185 number 291. The Probate Office subsequently referred to the original wills.

    This series was microfilmed by the Public Record Office in 1982 and 1986 as VPRS 525.

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1841 - 1922 Index to Probates and Administrations Issued (Microform copy of the Probate Index and VPRS 262) VPRS 3340
1853 - 1889 Index to Probates and Administrations Issued VPRS 262
1854 - 1900 Register of Probates and Administrations Issued VPRS 261
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0001 1841 - 1922 Open 128
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1841 - 1922 Index to Probates and Administrations Issued (Microform copy of the Probate Index and VPRS 262) VPRS 3340
1853 - 1889 Index to Probates and Administrations Issued VPRS 262
1854 - 1900 Register of Probates and Administrations Issued VPRS 261
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