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Series VPRS 444
Miscellaneous Land Selection and Occupation Files
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Date Range: Series ? 1857 - 1971
  Series in Custody 1857 - 1971
  Contents 1857 - 1971
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
Agency which created this SeriesAgency which created this Series
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
? 1857 - 1971 Department of Crown Lands and Survey VA 538
Agency currently responsible for this SeriesAgency currently responsible for this Series
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
2013 - cont Office of the Registrar-General and the Office of Titles, (known as Land Victoria from 2001 to ct.) VA 862
Description of this SeriesDescription of this Series
  • How to use the Records
    1. Use the Search in a Series function in Access the Collection and search on file number or parish or Section and/ or allotment.
    OR
    2. Consult either VPRS 7311 Microfiche Catalogue of Crown Lands and Survey Files: File Number Order or VPRS 7312 Microfiche Catalogue of Crown Lands and Survey Files: Parish/Town Order.

  • Function / Content
    This series consists of miscellaneous land selection, occupation and correspondence files of the Department of Crown Lands and Survey (VA 538). The files are from a number of different recordkeeping systems but were transferred to archives in this series much like VPRS 5357.

    The land selection files document the occupation of Crown Land prior to its alienation. Included in the file is a description of the land; Parish and allotment number, section number and area; the details of the leases; name of lessee, date of lease and section of Land Act, and other matters that refer to the land such as correspondence or surveyors reports. In most cases the file cover will be the Crown Grant, showing the details of alienation from the Crown: name of grantee, date of grant and details of the land.

    The correspondence files contain correspondence from both and public sources. They concern any matters that relate to the administration of the land or the administration of the department. In some cases alienation of land may have occurred and grant facings are attached to the file.

    Selection files are files of leases or licences that terminated in the issue of a Crown Grant to the occupants. They document the occupation of the land prior to its alienation from the Crown. For example, details of leases and licences, selection number, name of lessee, surveyors reports and correspondence. All selection files end with a Deed of Grant.

    The correspondence files concern matters that relate to the administration of the land. Correspondence can be from both and public sources. In cases where the land has been alienated the grant facing is attached to the correspondence file.

    Occupation files can be divided into two file types. Temporary occupancies - annually renewable tenure with no right to purchase and long term occupancies that were guaranteed long term tenure without the right to freehold. The contents of occupation files are similar to selection files, however they do not end with a Deed of Grant.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Files have been listed at the time of transfer. Listings give file or correspondence number, parish name and where available and applicable, Section and allotment details.

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Indexes and RegistersIndexes and Registers
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Date Range Series Title Series Number
? 1943 - 1978 Inward Correspondence Cards, 'W' Series VPRS 14310
1874 - ? 1875 Register of Inward Correspondence, Beechworth Land District VPRS 14273
1874 - 1876 Register of Inward Correspondence, Occupation Branch VPRS 621
1874 - 1876 Register of Inward Correspondence, Melbourne Land District VPRS 14271
1874 - 1876 Register of Inward Correspondence, Echuca Land District VPRS 14274
1875 - 1878 Register of Inward Correspondence, Kerang Land District VPRS 14276
1876 - 1878 Register of Inward Correspondence, Echuca Land District VPRS 14275
1876 - 1896 Alphabetical Registers of Inwards Correspondence (Refer to Microfilm Copy, VPRS 228) VPRS 166
1876 - 1903 Register of Inward Correspondence, Melbourne Land District VPRS 3432
1878 - 1881 Register of Inward Correspondence, Echuca and Kerang Land Districts VPRS 14277
1881 - 1896 Register of Inward Correspondence, Echuca, Kerang, Beechworth and Omeo Land Districts VPRS 14278
1896 - 1908 Register of Inward Correspondence, Lands VPRS 620
1896 - 1926 Register of Inward Correspondence, 'H' Series VPRS 14306
1896 - 1956 Register of Inward Correspondence, Mallee Division VPRS 14320
1900 - ? 1945 Register of Inward Correspondence, 'W' Series VPRS 14309
1905 - ? 1927 Register of Inward Correspondence, 'Y' Series VPRS 14311
By 1880 - ? 1884 Register of Inward Correspondence, Bendigo, Benalla and Seymour Land Districts VPRS 14264
By 1886 - 1900 Register of Inward Correspondence, Castlemaine, Dunolly and St Arnaud Land Districts VPRS 14266
By 1886 - 1903 Register of Inward Correspondence, Bairnsdale, Sale, Geelong, Warrnambool, Camperdown and Ballarat Land Districts VPRS 14265
By 1931 - ? 1942 Register of Inward Correspondence, 'J' Series VPRS 14318
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0000 1857 - 1971 Open 36
Indexes and RegistersIndexes and Registers
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Date Range Series Title Series Number
? 1943 - 1978 Inward Correspondence Cards, 'W' Series VPRS 14310
1874 - ? 1875 Register of Inward Correspondence, Beechworth Land District VPRS 14273
1874 - 1876 Register of Inward Correspondence, Occupation Branch VPRS 621
1874 - 1876 Register of Inward Correspondence, Melbourne Land District VPRS 14271
1874 - 1876 Register of Inward Correspondence, Echuca Land District VPRS 14274
1875 - 1878 Register of Inward Correspondence, Kerang Land District VPRS 14276
1876 - 1878 Register of Inward Correspondence, Echuca Land District VPRS 14275
1876 - 1896 Alphabetical Registers of Inwards Correspondence (Refer to Microfilm Copy, VPRS 228) VPRS 166
1876 - 1903 Register of Inward Correspondence, Melbourne Land District VPRS 3432
1878 - 1881 Register of Inward Correspondence, Echuca and Kerang Land Districts VPRS 14277
1881 - 1896 Register of Inward Correspondence, Echuca, Kerang, Beechworth and Omeo Land Districts VPRS 14278
1896 - 1908 Register of Inward Correspondence, Lands VPRS 620
1896 - 1926 Register of Inward Correspondence, 'H' Series VPRS 14306
1896 - 1956 Register of Inward Correspondence, Mallee Division VPRS 14320
1900 - ? 1945 Register of Inward Correspondence, 'W' Series VPRS 14309
1905 - ? 1927 Register of Inward Correspondence, 'Y' Series VPRS 14311
By 1880 - ? 1884 Register of Inward Correspondence, Bendigo, Benalla and Seymour Land Districts VPRS 14264
By 1886 - 1900 Register of Inward Correspondence, Castlemaine, Dunolly and St Arnaud Land Districts VPRS 14266
By 1886 - 1903 Register of Inward Correspondence, Bairnsdale, Sale, Geelong, Warrnambool, Camperdown and Ballarat Land Districts VPRS 14265
By 1931 - ? 1942 Register of Inward Correspondence, 'J' Series VPRS 14318
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