Series VPRS 8511
Licence Registers of Applications and Other Proceedings - Alexandra
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Date Range: Series By 1877 - 1923
  Series in Custody 1877 - 1923
  Contents 1877 - 1923
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1877 - 1917 Alexandra Courts VA 3055
1917 - 1923 Licensing Court of Victoria VA 2955
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1988 - 1998 Liquor Licensing Commission VA 2869
1998 - cont Director of Liquor Licensing VA 4824
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    How to Use This Series

    There is no index for this series. Entries are arranged sequentially by case number and chronologically by date of hearing. Researchers will need to browse through entries to obtain information which includes the name of the applicant, the name of the premises to which the application related, details of the matter to which the application related and the result of the application.

    Prior to transfer the records in the P1 consignment of this series were in the custody of VA 3054 Mansfield Courts.

    This series consists of registers created to record a variety of liquor licensing application matters heard at Alexandra. The commencement date of the series is indeterminate. The end date is 1923. From that time, Alexandra was no longer appointed as a place at which licensing courts could be held or at which clerks of petty sessions could act as clerks to the licensing courts. The records in custody (as at 1993) have a date range of 1877 to 1923 and the series date range is therefore determined to be by 1877 to 1923.

    Licence Registers

    Licence registers can be broadly identified as recording two related but separate functions:

    hearings of applications for annual granting or renewal of licences or permits; and

    hearings for general licence and permit applications including: transfer of licences; new licence and permit applications; temporary and booth licences; permits to vary terms of a licence; alterations to licensed premises; particular occasion or function permits; hearings of offences under the licensing acts; etc.

    Annual and general hearings have consistently been recorded separately, either in separate volumes or in separate sections of the same volume. Some general matters may be recorded in separate volumes dedicated to a specific licence or permit type.

    Registers are generally bound volumes with entries recorded across double pages in a column format. Column headings vary but information recorded may include the following:

    case number; setting down fee; licence/permit/receipt number; licensing district or area; name of applicant; name and location of premises; type of application; licence/permit fee; result of application; conditions attached to granted application; remarks.

    Entries are followed, either after each entry or after entries for a particular date or period, by the signatures of the persons empowered to grant the applications.

    The registers do not record the issuing of a licence or permit but rather the result of the application for such licence or permit. The procedure was that once an application was approved or granted, a certificate would be issued. The certificate would authorise the issue of the licence or permit to the applicant upon payment of the prescribed fee.

    Up to January 1886 licence registers frequently record both liquor and non-liquor licensing application hearings. From February 1886 liquor and non-liquor applications were recorded in separate volumes. Some series known as licence registers that span the pre and post 1886 period may record, from 1886, either liquor or non-liquor licences exclusively.

    Types of non-liquor licences vary but include:

    - hawkers and pedlars; auctioneer's; carrier's; slaughterer's; collector's; real estate agent's; etc.

    Further Information

    For additional information about licensing, researchers may refer to the series description for VPRS 8438.

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P0001 1877 - 1923 Open 3
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