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The office of the Curator of the Estates of Deceased Persons was established by the Act for the Administration of the Estates of Deceased Persons in Certain Cases (1860). Under this Act, the Curator was empowered to administer the estates of deceased persons who by will or any codicil appointed the Curator as executor. Prior to the establishment of the office of the Curator of Estates of deceased persons the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Victoria performed these functions.
The office of the Public Trustee was constituted and incorporated by the Public Trustee Act 1939 which was amended by the Public Trustee Act 1940. The Public Trustee was the successor in law of the Curator of the Estates of Deceased Persons
The Public Trustee was empowered to act as administrator, trustee, executor and attorney.
On 1 July 1994, State Trustees succeeded the Office of the Public Trustee as Victorias first State owned company under the State Trustees (State Owned Company) Act 1994.