Series VPRS 8342
Marriage Register
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Date Range: Series 1853 - cont
  Series in Custody 1853 - 2010
  Contents 1853 - 2010
Public Access: Closed
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1853 - 1873 Registrar-General's Department VA 2889
1873 - 1893 Office of the Registrar-General and the Office of Titles, (known as Land Victoria 2001 to 2014; Land Use Victoria 2014 - ct.) VA 862
1893 - 1983 Office of the Government Statist and Actuary VA 989
1983 - cont Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (including 1983-1986 Assistant Government Statist, Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages) VA 983
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1983 - cont Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (including 1983-1986 Assistant Government Statist, Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages) VA 983
Description of this SeriesDescription of this Series
  • How to use the Records
    Marriage registrations are arranged in registration number order. To obtain information from indexes to births, deaths or marriages, researchers should access the relevant databases available online in the Reading Rooms.

    Seven indexes compiled from registers of births, deaths and marriages are available online in the Reading Rooms:

    - Pioneer Index 1836-1888
    - Federation Index 1889-1901
    - Edwardian Index 1902-1913
    - Great War Index 1914-1920
    - Marriage Index 1921-1942
    - Death Index 1921-1985
    - Marine Births, Deaths and Marriages Index 1853-1920.

    For further information about births, deaths and marriages outside the date ranges of those above, enquiries should be directed to the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Melbourne or from their website:

    Certificates may be obtained from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages for a fee.

  • Function / Content
    This series consists of the hardcopy Marriage Registers created from 1853.

    Registration entries were recorded in the Register in numeric order by registration number and comprised:

    -- the surnames and given names of the bride and the groom
    -- the occupations of both the parties to the marriage at the time of the marriage
    -- the usual residence of both parties to the marriage at the time of the marriage
    -- the date and place of marriage
    -- the dates and places of birth of bride and groom
    -- the parents' names including the mothers' family surnames of both parties to the marriage
    -- the signatures of both parties to the marriage, two witnesses to the marriage and the celebrant who performed the ceremony.

  • Recordkeeping System
    This series commenced on 1 July 1853, when compulsory civil registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths in the State of Victoria began with the proclamation of An Act for Registering Births, Deaths and Marriages in the Colony of Victoria (16 Vic., No.26). Prior to this, baptisms, marriages and burials were recorded by church authorities. For the early church authorities' records see VPRS 5479 Early Church Records.

    From 1853 to 1960 District Registrars operated throughout the State with a principal Registrar situated at head office in Melbourne. Marriages celebrated in the metropolitan area were registered at the Registrar-General's Office in Melbourne and later at the Office of the Government Statist, 295 Queen Street, Melbourne. Marriages celebrated in the country regions of the State were registered with the local Registrars who were appointed by the Registrar-General and later by the Assistant Government Statist, and returns were forwarded to head office each quarter at the end of March, June, September and December.

    The federal Marriage Act 1961 had the effect of making laws governing marriages more uniform throughout Australia, however the registration function remained a State responsibility. In September 1963, Commonwealth Registration Forms for marriages came into use and a more centralised system of registration was introduced. Registrations were no longer effected by District Registrars and it became the responsibility of the Celebrant performing the marriage to forward the necessary papers to the Office of the Government Statist and Actuary for registration purposes.

    Arrangement of the Registers

    The volumes from 1853 to 1990 were numbered and arranged in numeric order from 1 to 5268.

    The volumes for the period 1853 to 1960 reflected the system of decentralised registration. Quarterly returns from district registrars were initially sorted alphabetically by name of registration district. Registration numbers were then allocated and folios were bound in volumes according to the registration numbers. Hence for any one year there are four (quarterly) sequences of registers in which the entries are arranged by district and then by registration number.

    The forms completed on the day of the ceremony were the folios that eventually formed the Register; the information was not transcribed onto another medium.

    From 1853 to 1935 the Registers reflected the decentralised system with three marriages recorded on each folio. From 1936 - 1963 the system of district registration did not alter; however multiple entries were no longer recorded on each folio in the Register, i.e. a single folio was used for each marriage being registered.

    From September 1963 registrations reflected the centralised system where all registrations were effected at the Office of the Government Statist and Actuary (VA 989) and later at the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (VA 983). A single folio was used to record each marriage entry.

    Indexes

    Each registration, uniquely numbered from one each year, appears in an index for that year which recorded the full names of both parties to the marriage and the entry number of the registration in the Register. This index has been produced in microform, refer VPRS 7289. It is possible to locate a particular entry in the Register by ascertaining the registration number recorded in the index against the above details.

    Since 1989 marriage registrations have been indexed by the computerised system Lifedata. The following information is entered into that system:

    -- date of Marriage
    -- name of groom
    -- name of Bride
    -- place of marriage

    Lifedata recorded details of marriage registrations for indexing purposes only.

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1853 - 1988 Index to Marriage Registers VPRS 7289
1989 - cont Life Data: Computerised System for the Registration, Indexing and Retrieval of Births, Deaths and Marriages Information VPRS 13011
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0001 1853 - 1998 Closed 6303
P0002 1998 - 2000 Closed 174
P0003 2001 - 2002 Closed 100
P0004 2003 - 2004 Closed 102
P0005 2005 - 2006 Closed 104
P0006 2007 - 2007 Closed 55
P0007 2008 - 2008 Closed 55
P0008 2009 - 2009 Closed 56
P0009 2010 - 2010 Closed 57
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1853 - 1988 Index to Marriage Registers VPRS 7289
1989 - cont Life Data: Computerised System for the Registration, Indexing and Retrieval of Births, Deaths and Marriages Information VPRS 13011
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