Series VPRS 1540
Licensing Court Registers, Port Fairy
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Date Range: Series 1883 - 1923
  Series in Custody 1883 - 1923
  Contents 1883 - 1923
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1883 - 1886 Port Fairy Courts (known as Belfast 1844 - 1887) VA 564
1886 - 1916 Licensing Courts VA 2870
1917 - 1923 Licensing Court of Victoria VA 2955
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1998 - cont Liquor Licensing Panel VA 4269
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  • How to use the Records
    Licence applications were recorded in chronological order by the date of the hearing or sitting.

  • Function / Content
    Up to 1886 registers of applications for liquor and non-liquor licences were created and maintained in local courts of petty sessions at which annual, quarterly and general sittings of justices of the peace, licensing benches or licensing magistrates occurred.

    Under the Licensing Act 1885 (40 Vic.,No.857) Victoria was divided into Licensing Districts and Licensing Courts were constituted for each Licensing District to hear and determine liquor licence applications. Licence Registers extant for the period 1886 to 1890 often document the transition of responsibility from the courts of petty sessions to the licensing courts. In most country areas the same volume continued to be used for liquor and non-liquor licence applications until circa 1890 when new stationery was introduced specifically for liquor licence applications. Between 1886 and 1890 the pages which record proceedings of the Licensing Court are annotated to show that they are a record of that authority.

    This series comprises a record of proceedings concerning licence applications. If the records document proceedings held prior to 1890, it is likely that they will include both liquor and non-liquor licence applications. If the records only document proceedings held after 1890 the applications should relate solely to non-liquor licences.

    Some common non-liquor licences included:
    - Auctioneers
    - Carriers
    - Hawkers
    - Stage Coach operators
    - Slaughterers
    - Real Estate Agents
    - Collectors.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Licence applications were recorded in chronological order by the date of the hearing or sitting. Applications for new licences and renewals were heard at annual sittings.

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