Series VPRS 1824
Properties Condemned under Section 56 of the Housing Act 1958 Files
About this Series Related Series Accessing the records in this Series
Date Range: Series 1971 - 1979
  Series in Custody 1971 - 1979
  Contents Circa 1954 - Circa 1979
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
Agency which created this SeriesAgency which created this Series
Display entries per page
Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1971 - 1979 Housing Commission of Victoria VA 508
Agency currently responsible for this SeriesAgency currently responsible for this Series
Display entries per page
Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1996 - cont Department of Human Services VA 3970
Description of this SeriesDescription of this Series
  • How to use the Records
    Under "Accessing the records", browse the records details for suburbs and / or streets names of interest. Street types (eg avenue, crescent, road etc.) are generally not included in the file titles.

  • Function / Content
    Section 56 of the Housing Act 1958 (No.6275) enabled the Commission to declare any house unfit for human habitation and to alter or demolish houses accordingly.

    The Housing Standards Branch was a division of the Housing Commission that ensured Section 56 was complied with. Housing Standards received reports about sub-standard housing and, after subsequent investigations, ordered repairs or demolitions to houses in both country and Melbourne metropolitan areas.

    Each file contained the following information:

    * A Report of Inspection of Dwelling.
    * Certificate of title.
    * Written reports by the Housing Inspector on particulars of non-compliance.
    * A Declaration of the Housing Commission, under seal, proclaiming a house to be unfit for human habitation.
    * Declarations proclaiming the demolition/repairs of a house.

    The files also contain correspondence from the Secretary of the Housing Commission to tenants advising them of the date on which the house they were occupying was to be demolished. Some files contain correspondence from tenants appealing the decision of the Housing Commission.

    Unit 239 contains information about tender applications, costs of demolitions and photographs illustrating sub-standard conditions.

    The Section 56 files were part of the process of ensuring that Housing Commission standards were maintained and that the interests of both the dweller of the sub-standard house and the Housing Commission were cared for.

    Although administrative use has ceased, these files provide the only records in custody of the Housing Commissions justifications for the demolition of housing.

    These records are significantly different from the routine maintenance records as they provide evidence of the living conditions of the most disadvantaged sections of the public.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Though arrangement of these records varied over time, the Housing Standards Section 56 Files were generally arranged by name of suburb (and alphabetically by street name within these suburb groupings). In some portions of the series, the suburbs are also in an alphabetical sequence.

More research resourcesMore research resources
Indexes and RegistersIndexes and Registers
Display entries per page
Date Range Series Title Series Number
Controlled SeriesControlled Series
Display entries per page
Date Range Series Title Series Number
Previous SeriesPrevious Series
Display entries per page
Transfer Date Series Title Series Number
Subsequent SeriesSubsequent Series
Display entries per page
Transfer Date Series Title Series Number
List/s of records in this seriesList/s of records in this series
Display entries per page
Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0000 Circa 1954 - Circa 1979 Open 291
Indexes and RegistersIndexes and Registers
Display entries per page
Date Range Series Title Series Number
More research resourcesMore research resources