Series VPRS 755
Settlers Accounts, Melbourne Division
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Date Range: Series 1932 - ? 1939
  Series in Custody 1932 - 1939
  Contents 1932 - 1939
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1932 - 1938 Closer Settlement Commission VA 2268
1938 - ? 1939 Department of Crown Lands and Survey VA 538
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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 the unit containing the appropriate alphabetical range.

  • Function / Content
    This series consists of the Settlers Accounts, Melbourne Division . Other series of the same types of accounts are VPRS 14452 / P Settlers Accounts, Eastern Division and VPRS 756 Settlers Accounts, Mallee Division.

    Section 30 of the Closer Settlement Act 1932 provided that the whole of a settlers liability to the newly established Closer Settlement Commission should be consolidated into one debt instead of the separate ones for the land and for advances and for arrears of interest. For the five years from 30 June 1932 the settler was required to pay a maximum instalment amounting to a maximum of six and a half per cent per annum of the amount of the consolidated debt. The settler could appeal to the Commission for a reduction of this instalment on a number of grounds including the exigencies of the season and prices and the needs of the lessee and his family. Land and improvements were to be then re-valued on 30 June 1937 with the consequent writing off of any deficiency in the valuation, as compared with the liabilities. The settler was to be provided with a statement by the Commission as each half - yearly instalment became due. This would show all transactions during the preceding half-year and the balance outstanding at the instalment date.

    A considerable number of these settlers accounts contain a Consolidated Debt Account sheet prepared in 1932 showing summary details of liabilities and payments from 1928. Details included the original capital value of the property, less any amount written off prior to 1932, the capital value, the value of improvements and other advances and the amount of interest due for both the land and for advances as well as the total indebtedness.

    Following sheets recording liabilities and payments after the 1932 consolidation of debts give the name of the settler and the location and area of the land. Details are given for each half-year of the dates of statements, the particulars, the debits and credits and the balance remaining for payment on the account as well as any adjustment of the instalment amount. The principal and interest owing and the total remaining as well as balances in trust accounts are shown.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Details are filed in alphabetical order of the family name of the settler.

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P0000 1932 - 1939 Open 64
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