Series VPRS 7601
Licensing Register - Metropolitan
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Date Range: Series By 1853 - cont
  Series in Custody ? 1853 - ? 1982
  Contents 1853 - 1982
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
Agency which created this SeriesAgency which created this Series
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1853 - 1916 Licensing Courts VA 2870
1917 - 1954 Licensing Court of Victoria VA 2955
1954 - 1968 Victorian Licensing Court VA 2905
1968 - 1988 Liquor Control Commission VA 1110
1988 - cont Liquor Licensing Commission VA 2869
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1988 - 1998 Liquor Licensing Commission VA 2869
1998 - cont Director of Liquor Licensing VA 4824
Description of this SeriesDescription of this Series
  • How to use the Records
    From 1886 to circa 1954 separate volumes were often used for annual sittings (new applications and renewals) and for remaining applications (licence transfers, temporary licences, extensions, alterations etc). From 1954 new licences, extensions and alterations are also to be occasionally found in separate volumes.

    Within the volumes the entries are arranged chronologically by the date of the hearing or sitting.

  • Function / Content
    This series comprises an amalgamation of records of proceedings concerning liquor licence applications between 1886 and 1982. Some of the common types of applications and common types of licences are listed below.

    Common Types Of Applications

    New Licence - Initial application for issue of an annual licence

    Renewal - Subsequent application for annual renewal of an existing licence

    Transfer - Application for the transfer of a licence, other than a temporary licence, for the residue of the term of the licence

    Duplicate - Application for a duplicate licence on proof of loss of original

    Extension - Application for an extension to the times liquor can be sold

    Alterations - Application for approval of rebuilding or alteration of licensed premises.

    Common Types of Liquor Licences

    Victuallers - Licence to sell liquor on a specified premises.

    Temporary - Licence to sell liquor at irregular events and places of public amusement for a specified period of days. Only available to licensed victuallers.

    Grocers - Licence to sell liquor in bottles/cans for consumption elsewhere than on the premises.

    Billiard Table - Licence to keep and maintain billiard or bagatelle tables.

    Packet - Licence to master of vessel to sell liquor during passage of ship

    Colonial Wine - Licence to sell wine or cider produced by Australian grown fruit on premises.

    Vigneron - Licence to sell wine grown from own produce.

    Railway Refreshment - Licence to sell liquor at railway refreshment rooms.
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    Brewers - Licence to sell beer, ale, port or wine.

    Spirit Merchants - Licence to sell spirits.

    Club - Licence to serve liquor at the premises of a non-profit body of members

    Liquor licensing has had a complex history which has yet to be fully researched. The sale of liquor has been subject to regulation since the beginnings of settlement in Victoria. Following proclamation of the Licensing Act 1885 (40 Vic.,No.857) jurisdiction over liquor licensing has been vested in distinct judicial and administrative bodies. The records in this series have been created by four successive licensing authorities.

    Licensing Court Registers (Melbourne District) 1886-1917

    Under the Licensing Act 1885 (40 Vic.,No.857) Victoria was divided into Licensing Districts, each one comprising a division of an electoral district. Licensing Courts were formally established for each Licensing District. For its annual sittings each Licensing Court was to be constituted by three licensing magistrates, which could be police magistrates except in the (Melbourne) Metropolitan, Ballarat and Sandhurst (Bendigo) groups of Licensing Districts where one of the licensing magistrates was to be a county court judge. Outside of the annual sittings applications could be heard and determined by any one member of the Licensing Court.

    The registers in this series comprise a record of proceedings of the Licensing Court held for the Melbourne metropolitan group of Licensing Districts.

    Registers for the period 1897 to 1906 are not extant (as at 1996).

    Licensing Court of Victoria Registers (Metropolitan) 1917-1954

    The Licensing Act 1916 (No.2855) established the Licensing Court of Victoria, constituted by three licensing magistrates. This Court held hearings for each Licensing District in Victoria on a circuit basis. The Licensing Amendment Act 1922 (No.3259) reduced the number of licensing districts from two hundred and seventeen (one for each division of an electoral district) to sixty-five (one for each electoral district).

    The registers in this series comprise a record of proceedings held in the metropolitan circuit of the Licensing Court of Victoria.

    Victorian Licensing Court Registers (Metropolitan) 1954-1968

    The Victorian Licensing Court was established under the Licensing Amendment Act 1953 (No.5767).The Court was constituted by two magistrates under the chairmanship of a judge of the county court. Under the 1953 Act the division of the State into licensing districts effectively ceased. The Court, nevertheless, continued to conduct hearings throughout the State.

    The registers in this series comprise a record of proceedings at metropolitan hearings of the Victorian Licensing Court.

    Liquor Control Commission Registers (Metropolitan) 1968-1982

    The Liquor Control Commission was established under the Liquor Control Act 1968 (No.7695) which came into operation on 1 July 1968. The Liquor Control Commission was constituted by four members, the chairman being a county court Judge. From 1975 the chairman could be any "judicial member". The Commission continued the practice of holding sittings at country and metropolitan locations.

    The registers in this series comprise a record of proceedings at metropolitan sittings of the Liquor Control Commission.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Prior to 1886 liquor licences (and many other types of licences) were granted by licensing benches within Courts of Petty Sessions.

    From 1886 district Licensing Courts were established to hear applications for new licences, licence renewals, transfers, extensions etc. Applications for new licences and renewals were heard at annual sittings, which commenced in December and continued for a maximum of two months. Applications for transfers, extensions, temporary licences and other matters were heard throughout the rest of the year. Separate volumes were often used to record the proceedings of the annual sittings as opposed to the variety of other licensing matters, although they are sometimes to be found in the same volume. From 1886 each application before the annual sitting was allocated a sequential number. From 1889 transfers and other matters were also allocated a sequential number. These numbers appear to have been used to identify applications within any given year.

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- 1886 Registers of Owners of Licensed Premises - Convictions VPRS 7604
1886 - 1898 Wine, Spirit and Sundry Licences Registers - Metropolitan and Country VPRS 7596
1898 - 1917 Licensing Register - Country VPRS 7602
1917 - 1969 Licensing Registers - Particular Occasion Permits, Metropolitan and Country VPRS 7603
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P0001 1853 - 1982 Open 130
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