Series VPRS 7605
Minute Books
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Date Range: Series 1907 -
  Series in Custody 1910 - 1923
  Contents 1910 - 1926
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
1907 - 1923 Licences Reduction Board VA 2906
Agency currently responsible for this SeriesAgency currently responsible for this Series
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1988 - 1998 Liquor Licensing Commission VA 2869
1998 - cont Director of Liquor Licensing VA 4824
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    This series consists of the Minute Books of the Licences Reduction Board. The Board, provided for by the Licensing Act 1906, was appointed on 21 May 1907. It carried on the function previously undertaken by the Licensing Courts (VA 2870) of overseeing the systematic and orderly reduction of hotel licences in Victoria.

    Functions

    The Board was to reduce the number of victuallers' licences in Victoria by:

    assessing the maximum compensation allowable for loss of licence to owner and licensee
    determining which premises in each district should be closed
    determining the actual compensation payable to the owner and licensee.

    In accordance with the objectives of the Act, when reducing licences in a district due regard had to be paid to the convenience of the public and the requirements of the several localities in the district and priority given to closing those hotels which had incurred convictions under licensing legislation in the three years prior to the Act (s.44).

    The Board could only reduce as many licences as could be compensated by the funds available for that year (s.43) and no reductions were to be made in a district where the number of licences was below the statutory limit (s.49).

    The Board was empowered by the Act to make a general survey of all hotels licensed before 1886 in Victoria and determine the maximum compensation payable in the event of the licence being deprived (s.45). Records relating to this survey can be found in VPRS 7722/P1, Maximum Valuation Files.

    Hearings were held within each licensing district to determine which hotels were to be deprived, after which sittings were held to determine compensation. Records relating to this process can be found in VPRS 7723/P1, Hotel Licence Deprivation and Surrender Files.

    This series includes:

    minutes of the sittings of the Board in each licensing district
    notice and reports of Deprivation Determinations
    notice and reports of Compensation Determinations
    lists of annual Maximum Sittings
    notice of forthcoming sittings
    miscellaneous working papers, rough determinations up to 1926.

    Date Range

    It is not certain when the Board ceased keeping Minutes of its Determinations.

    Unit 2 of the P1 consignment has been removed and can now be located in VPRS 7784/P1.

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P0001 1913 - 1916 Open 1
P0002 1910 - 1926 Open 2
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