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Series VPRS 8749
Insolvency Register, Geelong and Country Areas
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Date Range: Series ? 1873 - 1883
  Series in Custody ? 1873 - 1883
  Contents 1855 - 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
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1928 - cont Supreme Court of Victoria VA 2549
Description of this SeriesDescription of this Series
  • How to use the Records
    Researchers can use the extant Insolvency Register to obtain the file/case registration numbers to access files created for persons who were declared insolvent in Geelong and country areas during the period 1855 to 1883. The one extant volume includes entries for insolvents whose surnames commence with the letters A to L. (Volume for M-Z not in PROV custody as at October 2006.)

    The files for persons declared insolvent in Geelong are located in VPRS 815 Insolvency Court Records. The insolvency files created by other Insolvency District courts are listed in inventory of series for each court, e.g., VA 917 Stawell Courts. Once the series is identified, scan through the Consignment Details for the relevant series to identify the number of the unit containing 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 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 locally. However, notices of all insolvencies in Victoria were sent to the Chief Clerk, Melbourne and the Office of the Registrar General and were also published in the Government Gazette.

    The information recorded across the page 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 1855.

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

  • Recordkeeping System
    The register was created as part of a recordkeeping system which included VPRS 8748 Insolvency Register, Melbourne and Metropolitan Region 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 two volumes that comprised the register: Aa to Ly, Ma to Z. The whereabouts of the latter volume 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
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Transfer Date Series Title Series Number
- 1883 Insolvency Register, Self-Indexed VPRS 8750
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0001 1855 - 1883 Open 1
Indexes and RegistersIndexes and Registers
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1875 - 1883 Index to Insolvency Registers VPRS 8747
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