Series VPRS 11770
Deed Polls/Change of Name Registration Documents
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Date Range: Series ? 1904 - 1986
  Series in Custody 1904 - 1986
  Contents 1904 - 1986
Public Access: Closed
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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? 1904 - 1986 Office of the Registrar-General and the Office of Titles, (known as Land Victoria 2001 to 2014; Land Use Victoria 2014 - ct.) VA 862
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1986 - cont Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (including 1983-1986 Assistant Government Statist, Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages) VA 983
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  • How to use the Records
    Contact the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages to obtain the deed poll registration number. The records are arranged in registration number order.

    Refer to the Records Description List for this series and identify the unit that you require.

  • Function / Content
    Under section 189 of the Real Property Act 1890 (No.1136) and the subsequent Property Law Acts, Deed Poll/Change of Name instruments were deposited in the Office of Registrar-General. The original provision was designed to provide notification of change of name in the case of land dealings.

    The P1 consignment comprises deed polls deposited in the Office of the Registrar General during the period 1904 to 1986.

    Following the proclamation on 31 October 1986 of section 37 of the Births, Deaths and Marriages (Amendment) Act 1985 (No.10244) , the deed polls deposited in the Office of the Registrar-General were transferred to the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. In 1986, the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages became responsible for the registration of name changes, recording of changes in the Birth Register and issuing new birth certificates.

    Under section 37 of the Act any person aged eighteen years and over who changed their name was required to deposit the change of name documents and have the name entered in the Register of Change of Name.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Originally the deed polls were created within the recordkeeping system of the Office of the Registrar General. As part of the process, they were subsequently indexed under the person's old and the new name. The index created by the Office of the Registrar-General has not been placed in the custody of the Public Record Office.

    Further research is required to document the recordkeeping system of the Office of the Registrar-General.

    A computerised name index (by old and new names) was created by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. This index provides the link to the registration numbers appearing on the Deed Polls.

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P0001 1904 - 1986 Closed 108
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