Series VPRS 14446
Discharged Soldiers Settlement, County of Borung
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Date Range: Series ? 1918 - ? 1918
  Series in Custody 1918 - 1918
  Contents 1918 - 1918
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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? 1918 - ? 1918 Closer Settlement Board (previously known as Lands Purchase and Management Board 1905-1918) VA 2266
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2002 - cont Department of Sustainability and Environment VA 4554
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  • How to use the Records
    Consult the Consignment Details.

    For details relating to a specific settler, scan the alphabetical section based on family name.

  • Function / Content
    This series records details relating to settlers under the Discharged Soldiers Act 1917 who had been allocated land in the County of Borung supervised through the Horsham Land District Office. The names with the allotment and section of the allotment are listed with details of cultivation which was being proceeded with. As well, details of advances with the amounts paid made to the settler are given, these usually being for such things as buildings, fences, dams and the clearing or first ploughing of the land. Some entries have comments regarding the progress being made by the settler or the observations made during an inspection.

    Included as loose papers are maps of townships and parishes in the area such as Colton-Colton, Noradjuha, Wail and Lowan and the township of Natimuk. Some have been annotated with the names of the settlers on a specific allotment.

    Tenants on soldier settlement land lots were able to lease the land for at first a period of six years with residence and improvements conditions. The terms required the lessee to fence the land, destroy vermin and noxious weeds and some leases required the tenant to erect a dwelling on the land within one year. After six years, lessees could mortgage, transfer or sub-let their land. They could also apply for a Crown Grant to purchase the land if the balance of the purchase monies had been paid.

    The Discharged Soldiers Settlement Act 1917 (and its successors) allowed for the payment of advances to settlers to allow for the erection of buildings, for fencing, for the purchase of implements and stock and for other defined purposes. The amount able to be obtained and the terms of repayment were set forth in the Acts with the Board (or Commission) able to take a lien or mortgage or other security to ensure repayment of the advance. Inspectors were to both assist the settler and to assess the progress being made and the adherence to the conditions of the lease.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Entries are in alphabetical sections determined by the family name of the settler.

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P0001 1918 - 1918 Open 1
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