Series VPRS 5027
Mining Warden's Registers Of Applications For Mining Licenses, Stawell Mining Division
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Date Range: Series 1857 - 1916
  Series in Custody 1857 - 1916
  Contents 1857 - 1916
Public Access: Open
Location: Ballarat
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1857 - 1916 Ararat and Stawell Mining District (previously known as Ararat Mining District) VA 3799
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2002 - cont Department of Primary Industries VA 4563
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  • How to use the Records
    Applications were entered in the registers in chronological order as they were received and were numbered sequentially.

  • Function / Content
    In their administrative role Mining Wardens were required to receive and register applications for various mining leases and licences in their area. The types of lease and licence applications which could have been registered include:

    * Gold Mining Leases (often known simply as Mining Leases) from 1859
    * Mineral Leases from 1861
    * Mineral Search Licences from 1862
    * Gold Mining Leases on Reserved Land from 1873
    * Private Property Leases from 1885
    * Tailings Licences from 1897
    * Petroleum Prospecting Licences from 1935
    * Petroleum Mineral Leases from 1935.

    It is not certain that all of these types of lease or licence were registered by the Wardens.

    To 1915 lease or licence applications were submitted firstly to the District Warden and then forwarded to the Mines Department in Melbourne. From 1915 applications were required to be submitted direct to the Department and from there were forwarded to the Warden.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Separate registers were usually used for the different types of applications although this may not have always been the case. Applications were entered in the registers in chronological order as they were received and were numbered sequentially. In some registers the numbering sequence recommences at number 1 at the beginning of each year whilst in others the numbering sequence continues across several years. This practice appears to have varied over time and between mining divisions.

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