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Series VPRS 525
Transcriptions of Wills [Also Known As Register of Wills] (Microfilm Copy of VPRS 27)
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Date Range: Series 1982 - 1986
  Series in Custody 1982 - 1986
  Contents 1842 - 1922
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1842 - 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
1982 - 1986 Public Record Office [also known as Public Record Office Victoria from c.1996] VA 683
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1982 - cont Public Record Office [also known as Public Record Office Victoria from c.1996] VA 683
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  • How to use the Records
    1. Obtain the file number of the will from the index VPRS 3340 Index to Probates and Administrations Issued.

    2. Refer to the Records Description List and select the roll of film that includes the number of the desired will.

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

  • Function / Content
    This series consists of the microfilm copy of VPRS 27 Transcriptions of Wills [Also Known As Register of Wills]. These books were copied onto microfilm by the Public Record Office in 1982 (VPRS 525/P), and 1986 (VPRS 525/P1). Microfilming of the hardcopy register was undertaken in order to preserve the original records and to enable the information to be made available in each Public Record Office Public Search Room.

    These books of transcriptions of wills were known as registers in the Probate Office. The Register of Wills was created by the Office of the Registrar of Probates. This office was responsible for the granting of probate or letters of administration to the executors of estates of deceased persons. Executors had to apply to the Registrar for a grant of probate (if a will was found) or letter of administration (if there was no will) before the assets of the estate could be liquidated if the value of those assets exceeded a certain limit ($5,000 in 1986).

    Until 1922, presumably for ease of reference, the Registrar's Office removed wills from probate applications, copied and then filed them. These copies were initially handwritten, but later typed, and then bound to form the books in this series. The last will processed in this manner was will series 185 number 291. Subsequent wills were filed but not transcribed.

    Each reel of microfilm usually covers 2 or 3 registers. Wills were transcribed in file number order, the file number having been allocated to the probate or administration file upon lodgement of the application. In the first two registers the file number was sequential within each volume. In 1853, however, a new file registration system was commenced utilising a series number and a sequential number within the series. Each series contains one thousand files. Gaps within the numerical sequence of file numbers in the register indicate that there was no will and the estate required administration.

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

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    PROVguide070 Wills and Probate Records
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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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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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    PROVguide070 Wills and Probate Records

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