Series VPRS 13016
Applications Register for the Purchase of Land Under Pre-Emptive Right
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Date Range: Series 1851 - 1860
  Series in Custody 1851 - 1860
  Contents 1851 - 1860
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1851 - 1853 Colonial Secretary's Office VA 856
1853 - 1857 Crown Lands Department VA 2878
1857 - 1860 Department of Crown Lands and Survey VA 538
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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
    For details relating to the applications of particular persons, consult the alphabetical index of persons at the front of the volume.

  • Function / Content
    Under the principle of pre-emptive right, licensees of runs were permitted to purchase a portion of their runs to provide some security of tenure at the minimum upset price of 1 pound per acre. In this way a homestead or land upon which improvements had been made could be secured. The actual criteria applied in deciding whether purchase could be made was the presence of improvements on the desired acreage.

    This series records the applications made under this right in Victoria. Details given are the name of the district, the name of the applicant, the date of the application, the name of the run and the locality, the number of acres applied for and the number of acres granted, the price per acre, the total amount and remarks. The remarks column was used prior to the establishment of a Land Board, simply to record the reasons why an application was disallowed and any special condition such as valuation for it to be allowed. After the establishment of a Land Bard, this column was used to record the Boards's decision whether it be favorable or unfavorable.

    Correspondence relating to these applications may be seen in VPRS 122 Outward Letter Books in those volumes dealing with land applications.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Entries are made in roughly chronological order. An alphabetical index of applicants is given with the page(s) upon which details appear at the front of the volume.

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P0001 1851 - 1860 Open 1
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