Series VPRS 11875
Register of Leases, Land Acts, Closer and Soldier Settlement Acts and Mallee Lands Acts
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Date Range: Series 1899 - 1977
  Series in Custody 1899 - 1977
  Contents 1899 - 1977
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
1899 - 1904 Board of Land and Works VA 744
1899 - 1977 Department of Crown Lands and Survey VA 538
1905 - 1933 Closer Settlement Board (previously known as Lands Purchase and Management Board 1905-1918) VA 2266
1933 - 1938 Closer Settlement Commission VA 2268
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1996 - 2002 Department of Natural Resources and the Environment VA 3972
2002 - cont Department of Sustainability and Environment VA 4554
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  • How to use the Records
    Consult the Consignment Details for the volume containing the time period and family names for which information is required.

    Consult the alphabetical index in the volume for entries relating to a specific person.

  • Function / Content
    Leases were registered in Registers of Leases. The Register of Leases recorded details of the Section under which it was granted, the name and parish of the lessee, the allotment and section of the land and its area in acres, roods and perches, the date of the lease, the date of the Governor's consent to it, the date of its execution, the date and place of its final issue and any remarks. Volumes dealing exclusively with Closer Settlement and Soldier Settlement give the file number instead of the Section of the Act. Many of the volumes in this series have notes regarding the forwarding or delivery of the lease to the lessee.

    Under the Land Acts, Crown land could be leased for use by private persons or organisations under various terms and conditions. Some leases were for the use of the land for a finite time, others were perpetual leases whilst others were a form of deferred purchase whereby the rent paid under a fixed term lease was credited against the total purchase price for the land. The terms and conditions of leases were specified in the relevant sections of the Acts and in regulations made under the Acts.

    Before leases came into force, they may have needed to be approved by the Board of Land and Works (VA 744) as shown in VPRS 11870 / P1 Schedules of Land Grants, Leases, Licenses and Sales Submitted for Approval to the Board of Land and Works. The extent of this requires further research. All substantial leases needed the approval of the Governor-in-Council. These approvals may be seen in the records of the Executive Council and of the Department of Crown Land and Survey's own records relating to the Executive Council. Leases were then executed by the parties to them, the drawing up of them and their execution being the responsibility of the Deeds Branch of the Department. Often leases were sent to country areas for execution and / or delivery and their receipt there may be seen in the Registers of Deeds for districts throughout Victoria.

    Volumes in this series, unless otherwise specified, contain all leases from all relevant Sections from all Acts providing for the leasing of Crown lands. This is possibly because business had diminished to the stage that separate volumes for Sections and Acts was not necessary or practical.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Entries are made in chronological order. Volumes may be divided for a time period according to family name. Volumes have an alphabetical index giving the page upon which entries occur.

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P0001 1899 - 1977 Open 21
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