Series VPRS 8281
Register of Charges/Company Debentures
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Date Range: Series ? 1897 - ? 1982
  Series in Custody 1897 - 1982
  Contents 1897 - 1982
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1897 - 1959 Office of the Registrar-General and the Office of Titles, (known as Land Victoria 2001 to 2014; Land Use Victoria 2014 - ct.) VA 862
1959 - 1974 Companies Office (Also known as Companies Registration Office) VA 2725
1974 - 1982 Corporate Affairs Office VA 679
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1974 - 1991 Corporate Affairs Office VA 679
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    System of Arrangement/Control

    Series and Series in Custody : Period 1897 - 1939: single volume extant
    Period 1939 - 1982: none apparent

    Contents in Custody : Volumes divided into alphabetical sections relating to company name. Entries are made in chronological order within each section by date of lodging of charge.

    Range Control Symbols

    Series : None apparent

    Entries : A - Z


    This series was created by the Company Registration Branch of the office of the Registrar-General to record details of all intended charges which were actually carried out. The intended charges, along with the instruments used to create them (known as debentures) are initially listed in the Register of Notices of Intentions to Register a Charge (VPRS 8283). (Refer Division 7 of the Companies Act, 1958; No.6455).

    All volumes of the series extant record details such as company name, the date a charge was lodged and the nature of the instrument used to create the charge ie. the company debenture. The debenture is allocated a sequential number from this register. This number is also recorded on the actual debenture. Company Debentures are in custody as VPRS 1413.

    The first volume of the series extant is labelled as volume "A". The entries in this volume are all hand-written by the same hand implying the volume had all information recorded in it at, or around the same time. There is no apparent reason for this. The date this volume was created is therefore not readily available and may be subject to further research. Entries in this volume record details of company debentures numbered from 1 to 4098, lodged between 1897 and 1939.

    Three subsequent volumes record details of company debentures lodged during and after 1939. These debentures are numbered 4098 to 43,238. These entries in these volumes are all typed.

    No indexes have been identified for this series.

    The P1 consignment also contains two burgundy coloured volumes with the title on each page being Index to Mortgages. These two volumes are hand-written duplicates of the same registers in the consignment.

    Background : Charges

    In property law a charge is a form of security for the payment of debt or performance of an obligation, consisting of the right of a creditor to receive payment out of some specific fund or out of the proceeds of the realisation of specific property. The fund or property is said to be charged with the debt thus payable out of it. An example of a property charge capable of subsisting at law is a charge by way of legal mortgage.

    Background : Debentures

    A debenture is an instrument usually under seal, issued by a company or public body as evidence of a debt or as security for a loan of a fixed sum of money, at interest. It contains a promise to pay the amount mentioned in it. The term "debenture" thus also applies to other instruments such as mortgages. A "debenture" includes all securities of a company whether constituting a charge on the assets of a company or not.

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1897 - 1974 Company Debentures VPRS 1413
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0001 1897 - 1982 Open 6
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