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Series VPRS 4921
Court Of Mines Register
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Date Range: Series 1858 - 1867
  Series in Custody 1858 - 1967
  Contents 1858 - 1967
Public Access: Open
Location: Ballarat
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1858 - 1967 Stawell Courts VA 917
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1858 - cont Stawell Courts VA 917
2002 - cont Melbourne Courts VA 518
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  • How to use the Records
    Cases were entered in Court of Mines Registers in chronological order by the date of hearing.

  • Function / Content
    Courts of Mines were constituted in each mining district. Although there was only one Court of Mines constituted in each district, the court may have sat at several different locations. Each Court of Mines was presided over by a Judge who was usually also a County Court Judge. Courts of Mines heard and ruled upon a wide range of mining related disputes including disputes over the entitlements of partners, shareholders and employees of mining enterprises. They also acted as courts of appeal against decisions of Mining Wardens regarding territory-related matters such as disputes about the boundaries of claims and leases. Courts of Mines were not responsible for issuing Miner's Rights, surveying or registering claims or granting mining leases. These activities were the responsibility of district mining officials.

    Courts of Mines continued to operate until 1969, although the volume of business diminished in the twentieth century. In 1969 the Mines (Abolition of Courts) Act abolished Courts of Mines and transferred their jurisdiction to County Courts.

    A register of the decrees (orders) of the Court of Mines was kept at each place the Court sat. For example, in the Beechworth Mining District separate registers are known to have been kept at Alexandra, Yackandandah, Beechworth, Bright and Mansfield.

    Court of Mines Registers record details of the number and date of each complaint or case before the court, the names and addresses of the plaintiff and defendant, the nature of the complaint, the amount or value of the complaint, details of court fees, the decree (ie. order), date of carrying out the order and other remarks.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Cases were entered into the Register in chronological order according to the date they came before the court and each case was numbered. Two numbering sequences were used simultaneously: one for appeals against decisions of the Mining Warden and one for all other Court of Mines business. Both numbering sequences recommenced at 1 at the beginning of each year. Hence the first appeal case for a particular year was numbered 1, the second 2, and so on. Interspersed amongst these entries were non-appeal cases, the first of which for the year would also be numbered 1, the second 2, and so on.

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