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Series VPRS 8748
Insolvency Register, Melbourne and Metropolitan Region
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Date Range: Series ? 1873 - 1883
  Series in Custody ? 1873 - 1883
  Contents 1842 - 1883
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
1873 - 1883 Office of the Registrar-General and the Office of Titles, (known as Land Victoria from 2001 to ct.) VA 862
Agency currently responsible for this SeriesAgency currently responsible for this Series
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1928 - cont Supreme Court of Victoria VA 2549
Description of this SeriesDescription of this Series
  • How to use the Records
    Researchers can use this series to obtain the file/case registration number to access a case file created for a person declared insolvent in the Melbourne metropolitan region during the period 1842 to 1883.

    The case files are located in VPRS 759 Proceedings in Insolvent Estates (1842-1871) and VPRS 762 Deeds Under 1871 Insolvency Act.

    Once the series required has been identified, scan through the Consignment Details for the relevant series and identify the unit/box number to retrieve the file.

  • Function / Content
    In accordance with the provisions of section 21 of the Insolvency Act 1871 and the subsequent insolvency acts, the Chief Clerks of the Insolvency District Courts in which the proceedings were prosecuted were required to send a copy of every order of sequestration or adjudication of sequestration to the Registrar General. The order was registered in the Insolvency Register maintained by the Registrar General.

    This series was created by the Office of the Registrar General and the Office of Titles (VA 862). The Office of the Registrar General was responsible for the registration of persons declared insolvent by the Courts of Insolvency. Returns under the insolvency acts were forwarded to the Registrar-General for notation in the Insolvency Register (refer to section 21 of Insolvency Statute 1871). Cases of insolvencies were adjudicated upon locally. However, notices of all insolvencies in Victoria were sent to the Chief Clerk, Melbourne and to the Office of the Registrar-General. Notices were also published in the Government Gazette.

    The information recorded in the Register includes:
    - number of the schedule/file registration number
    - name of the insolvent
    - residence
    - occupation
    - date of order
    - date discharge certificate granted
    - official assignee
    - remarks.

    It appears that the register was compiled around 1873 and continued to be used until 1883. The contents date range however, extends back to 1842.

    The series ended in 1883 when it was replaced by VPRS 8750 Insolvency Register, Self-Indexed, for the whole of Victoria.

  • Recordkeeping System
    The register was created as part of a recordkeeping system which included VPRS 8749 Insolvency Register, Geelong and Country Areas and VPRS 8747 Index to Insolvency Registers.

    Each volume of the register covers a range of letters of the alphabet. It is presumed that originally there were four volumes that comprised the register: Aa to El, Em to Ly, Ma to Qu and Ra to Z. The whereabouts of the latter part of the register was not known as at 2006.

    Names of insolvents were registered in alphabetical order by surname and in chronological order by 'Date of Order'.

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Indexes and RegistersIndexes and Registers
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1875 - 1883 Index to Insolvency Registers VPRS 8747
Controlled SeriesControlled Series
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Subsequent SeriesSubsequent Series
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Transfer Date Series Title Series Number
- 1883 Insolvency Register, Self-Indexed VPRS 8750
List/s of records in this seriesList/s of records in this series
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0001 1842 - 1883 Part Open 3
Indexes and RegistersIndexes and Registers
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1875 - 1883 Index to Insolvency Registers VPRS 8747
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