Series VPRS 7821
Arbitration Case Files : Melbourne Tramway and Omnibus Company and Tramway Board
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Date Range: Series 1916 - 1919
  Series in Custody 1916 - 1919
  Contents 1884 - 1919
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1916 - 1919 Tramway Board VA 2693
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1989 - cont Public Transport Corporation VA 2984
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    Series : an accumulative series of documents relating to the arbitration case

    Contents : none apparent

    This series records the proceedings and evidence of an Arbitration Case held in the Supreme Court in 1916 between the newly formed Tramway Board (VA 2693) and the Melbourne Tramway and Omnibus Company (VA 2976), whose lease to operate the Melbourne tramway system expired in June 1916. After the termination of the lease, the Tramway Board Act, 1915 (No.2818) provided for the appointment of the Tramway Board and gave this body responsibility for the maintenance and operation of all cable tramway services in Melbourne. The Act also stipulated that the Board automatically acquired all the property of the Melbourne Tramway and Omnibus Company and that compensation for this property be determined by arbitration.

    The first unit in the P1 consignment of this series is the printed report of this arbitration case which was held between August and December 1916, and units 2, 3 and 4 are papers prepared or collected by the Tramway Board in preparing its response to the Company's claim. The greater proportions of these are opinions on and breakdowns of the value of assets transferred from the Company to the Board. Units 5, 6 and 7 are papers relating to the appeals processes which followed the Supreme Court's determination of an amount for compensation. These appeals took place between 1917 and 1919. Unit 8 contains reports by valuers, engineers and other experts which were used by the Board in support of their case.

    Unit 9 contains four items prepared for the Arbitration case. One is a printed report on Tramway tracks made by the Trust Engineer and Secretary to the Trust Chairman. The second is a legal opinion upon the requirements and provisions of the Melbourne Tramway and Omnibus Company Act, 1883 and other relevant legislation. The third item in Unit 9 is a bound collection of "Extracts" from minutes and letter books of the Melbourne Tramway Trust (VA 2692) dated from 1884 to 1915. Same papers are marked "original" and the item includes an index. All of the papers, except for the index, are duplicated in Unit 5 of this consignment under section K. The fourth item is a folder labelled, "Originals of Letters etc. referred to in Extracts" which contains a number of letters, reports, blue prints etc. that are referenced to in the extracts in item 3 and also in the affidavit of Documents found in Unit 10. Some of the correspondence in this folder can be recognised as having been removed from other series, in particular from VPRS 7859, Inward Registered Correspondence of the Melbourne Tramway Trust.

    Unit 2-8 consist of loose papers bound in "lever-arch files". Except for the distinction noted above between the original case and subsequent appeals, there does not appear to be any consistent system of arrangement : papers are not in date order. However units 4-7 are subdivided into several subject sections.

    Unit 10 contains copies of affidavits by plaintiff and defendant in the case together with interrogations and answers, and appendices containing evidence referred to in the said affidavits and interrogations.

    VPRS 7820 contains an inventory of assets created by the Melbourne Tramway and Omnibus Company as at 1916. The company was required by the Tramways Board Act 1915 to produce the inventory which was also submitted as part of the evidence in the arbitration cases.

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