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Series VPRS 5223
Mining Warden's Registers
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Date Range: Series 1866 - 1954
  Series in Custody 1866 - 1954
  Contents 1866 - 1954
Public Access: Open
Location: Ballarat
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1866 - 1954 Ararat Courts VA 903
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2002 - cont Melbourne Courts VA 518
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  • How to use the Records
    Cases were entered in the register in chronological order.

  • Function / Content
    The Gold Fields Act 1857 and subsequent mining legislation required Mining Wardens (in their judicial function) to keep a record of all decisions and orders made. The Mining Warden's Register records details of each case including the case number, the date of the complaint, the names and addresses of the complainant(s) and defendant(s), the nature of the complaint and the value or amount sought and the decision and signature of the Warden.

    The records in this series were originally received as Units 2 and 5 of VPRS 698.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Cases were entered in the register in chronological order as the Warden adjudicated upon them and each case was numbered sequentially. In some registers the case numbering sequence recommences at number 1 at the beginning of each year whilst in others the numbering sequence continues across several years. This practice appears to have varied over time and between mining divisions.

    A separate Warden's Register was maintained for each Mining Division even though the same Warden may have adjudicated in several Divisions.

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P0000 1866 - 1954 Open 2
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