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Series VPRS 629
Land Selection Files, Section 33, Land Act 1869
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Date Range: Series ? 1870 - ? 1883
  Series in Custody Circa 1870 - Circa 1883
  Contents ? 1870 - ? 1883
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1870 - 1883 Department of Crown Lands and Survey VA 538
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1996 - 2002 Department of Natural Resources and the Environment VA 3972
2002 - cont Department of Sustainability and Environment VA 4554
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  • How to use the Records
    **In a volunteer project commencing October 2012 and ending March 2013, the P0 consignment of this series has been reprocessed to permit searching of item details. To locate items of interest, use "Search in a series" and a single word from the name of a person. The P1 consignment has been created to accommodate material discovered during the project which is unable to be clearly associated with existing files.

    Instructions below are for searching in VPRS 629 without using this data.**

    File numbers may be obtained from Parish and Township plans available on microfiche in the Search Room, Melbourne Archives Centre. The Department of Natural Resources and Environment also have copies of Parish and Township Plans available to the public through Land Records and Information Services.

    Files are listed by the file number (the numerator). Scan the Records Description List to locate the unit holding the required file.
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    Researchers should consult either VPRS 1319 Index to Register of Lessees and Grants, Section 33 Land Act 1869 or VPRS 13237 Register of Lessees and Grants Section 33 Land Act 1869 for the seqential number allocated to each applicant. Once that number has been obtained, consult the Consignment Details for the unit containing the file with that number.

  • Function / Content
    Section 33 of the Land Act 1869 made provision for those who had been lessees under the first subdivision of the second Part of the Amending Land Act of 1865. This subdivision of the 1865 Act repealed Sections 12 to 37 of the Land Act 1862 under which selectors could directly purchase half of an allotment and lease the other half making deferred payments of two shillings and sixpence per acre per annum for eight years. The selector had, within twelve months of the date of selection, to have fenced the selection, erected a dwelling upon it and cultivated one-tenth of the area. It had been found, within a few months, that little legitimate settlement followed.

    The Amending Land Act 1865, under Section 7, extended the time for purchase for those who had entitlements under the Land Act 1862. Section 12 set the principle that agricultural land was to be first acquired under lease with conditions that a payment of two shillings per acre was to be made for three years, that improvements to the value of twenty shillings per acre were to be made within two years of the commencement of the lease and that if these conditions had been met, the lessee could purchase the land for one pound per acre at the expiry of three years.

    Under Section 33 of the Land Act 1869, these leaseholders were given a choice, after they had obtained a certificate from the Board of Land and Works (VA 744) stating that the leaseholder had complied with the conditions with respect to improvements. The Board was prepared to issue certificates for all those who had substantially complied with the requirements. The leaseholder, three years after the commencement of the lease, could then immediately obtain a Crown grant on the payment of one pound per acre. The other option for the leaseholder was to surrender the existing lease for a new seven year lease for a payment of two shillings per acre per annum for seven years. At any time or at the completion of the seven years, a Crown grant could be obtained by paying the difference between the rent already paid and the sum of one pound per acre.

    Leaseholders forwarded an application to the Board stating whether they chose an immediate Crown grant or a new lease. This application also showed the amounts of rent already paid by the lessee under the Amending Land Act 1865. These applications were registered in roughly chronological order and given a sequential number which became the file number. This register was then indexed by name and allocated number. At the same time, the original lease was surrendered and filed with the application and the Board of Land and Works certification regarding improvements. For those who had chosen an immediate Crown grant arrangements were then made for the issue of the grant (see VPRS 11864 Register of Crown Grants).

    A separate Register was then created for those who had chosen to bring their leases under the provisions of Section 33 Land Act 1869 with details of the original selection of the land and the finalisation of the Crown grant. These details may be seen in VPRS 13117/P1 Register of Leases Brought Under the Provisions of Section 31 and Section 33, Land Act 1869. Leases also had to be approved by the Governor-in-Council. Once this approval had been obtained, the lease was registered in VPRS 11871/P1 Register of Leases granted Under Land Acts 1869, 1878, 1880.

    For the recording of the progressive payment of rents, Registers of Lessees were created. Initially, these were based on the location of the offices of the Receivers of Revenue (a departmental officer or another designated Crown officer such as a Clerk of Courts). Lessees would pay rent to the local Receiver of Revenue convenient to their location, returns of payments would be forwarded to the office of the Department of Crown Lands and Survey in Melbourne where they would be recorded in the appropriate register. With the formation of the Occupation Branch and the conduct of business according to the District Survey Offices established, these registers were then allocated to a specific District Survey Office within the Occupation Branch. Records within these registers may be for properties which, after 1874, were located in parishes which had been allocated to different District Survey Offices.

    Details provided in these Registers of Lessees include those of leases commencing prior to the Land Act 1869. The date of the lease is given as are the name of the lessee, the parish in which the land was located and the location by allotment of the land and its extent as well as the amount of rental already paid. Progressively entered were the details of rent paid in the years subsequent to the issue of the lease and summary details of any arrears of rent, transfers of the lease and the eventual purchase of the land during the course of the lease or at its expiration.

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? 1870 - ? 1883 Index To Register of Lessees and Grants, Section 33 Land Act 1869 VPRS 1319
1869 - 1883 Register of Lessees and Grants, Section 33 Land Act 1869 VPRS 13237
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
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
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0000 ? 1870 - ? 1883 Open 74
P0001 Circa 1870 - Circa 1883 Open 1
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? 1870 - ? 1883 Index To Register of Lessees and Grants, Section 33 Land Act 1869 VPRS 1319
1869 - 1883 Register of Lessees and Grants, Section 33 Land Act 1869 VPRS 13237
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
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
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