Series VPRS 5335
Index to Divorce Cause Books
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Date Range: Series 1861 - 1975
  Series in Custody 1861 - 2002
  Contents 1861 - 1976
Public Access: Part Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical/Digital
 
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1861 - 1975 Supreme Court of Victoria VA 2549
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1861 - cont Supreme Court of Victoria VA 2549
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  • How to use the Records
    The open portion of this series has been digitised. Access to the digitised records is available via consignment P5. Consult the consignment details and locate the volume covering the date range for which information is required.

    Consignments P1 and P2 contain microform copies of some parts of this series. These copies have been superceded by the digital representations.

    Consignment P3 contained initial digital versions of the index. These have been superceded by the images in P5, which are broken into date and alpha ranges.

  • Function / Content
    This series provides an index to VPRS 5334 Divorce Cause Books and VPRS 283 Divorce Case Files. Details given are the names of the Petitioner for the divorce, the respondent and any co-respondents to the petition and the case number assigned by the Court.

    Until 1861 in Victoria, divorce was a matter for the ecclesiastical courts as it was in England until 1857-1858. The Divorce and Matrimonial Causes Act 1861 conferred upon the Supreme Court of Victoria the jurisdiction in matters matrimonial and authority in certain cases to decree the dissolution of the marriage. This continued to be the case until the passing of the Commonwealth Family Law Act 1975.

    This index facilitated access to entries in VPRS 5334 Divorce Cause Books and to files in VPRS 283 Divorce Case Files, both of which were arranged in registration (or case) number order.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Entries were listed in the index primarily by year and secondarily by surname of plaintiff in the order in which petitions were set down by the Court.

    Ballarat cases first appeared in VPRS 5335 Index to Divorce Cause Books in 1910. The word 'Ballarat' appeared in the column for case numbers. Cases for Ballarat (and Bendigo) did not appear to have been registered with case numbers. For Ballarat cases see VPRS 552 Divorce Case Files.

    Consignments P1 and P2 of this series consist of microfiche copies of the Index

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1861 - 1917 Divorce Case Files, Melbourne VPRS 283
1861 - 1924 Divorce Cause Books VPRS 5334
1910 - ? 1924 Divorce Case Files VPRS 552
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P0000 1861 - 1924 Open 4
P0004 1925 - 1976 Part Open 34
P0005 1861 - 1932 Open N/A
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