Series VPRS 8161
Annual Summary of Licence Fees Paid
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Date Range: Series 1907 - 1926
  Series in Custody 1907 - 1926
  Contents 1906 - 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 - 1926 Licences Reduction Board VA 2906
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1988 - 1998 Liquor Licensing Commission VA 2869
1998 - cont Director of Liquor Licensing VA 4824
Description of this SeriesDescription of this Series
  • How to use the Records
    System of Arrangement/Control

    Series : sequentially by licensing group number

    Contents : alphabetically by name of licensing district within each group, and then within each district alphabetically by hotel name.

    Range of Control Symbols

    Series : Group 1 to Group 23

    Contents : Bourke to Princess Hill - Beechworth to Yackandandah

    This series records licensing fees paid by licensees of hotels for the period 1906 to 1926.

    Function

    The Licences Reduction Board was established in 1907 (Act No.2068) for a period of 10 years to oversee the systematic reduction of hotel licences in Victoria.
    Section 112 of the Act made provision for the Board to impose an additional charge on licensed premises in districts where a reduction of the number of licences had occurred in order to make up the amount of licence fees annually lost to the Licensing Fund as a result of such closures. Such charges were to be made on a pro rata assessment of licensed premises which would be likely to benefit by such reductions and these charges were to be paid into the Licensing Fund.

    While the precise function of this series is not known it is possible that it was created in order to provide the Board with an overall picture of licence assessment in each district and thus enable it to calculate lost licence fees and assess the pro rata charges which could be made under s.112 of the Act.

    Content

    The series consists of bundles of spreadsheets reflecting licensing groups, with one spreadsheet allocated to each licensing district.

    Each folio records information under the following columns:

    M.V. (number?)
    Hotel (name)
    Location
    Columns with percentage fees recorded for each year from 1906 to 1926.

    It is obvious that the records were originally drawn up for the ten year period that the Board was initially set up for, and then added to when the Board's position was re-established with on-going responsibility for licence deprivation/surrender.

    From the rough notes and calculations found on each spreadsheet it would seem likely that the record was used as a working document. A total of fees collected from each district is recorded, as are details of licences deprived or surrendered. It is not known what other calculations found on the spreadsheets refer to.

    Subsequent Series

    VPRS 8160 Register of Licence Fees Paid contains similar information for the years immediately following this series. VPRS 8160 also contains summary details of licence fees paid for the years 1906-1915 and 1916-1926. It is possible that this information was compiled from this series.

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