Series VPRS 8568
Licence Registers of Annual Hearings - Wangaratta
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Date Range: Series ? 1958 - ? 1969
  Series in Custody 1958 - 1969
  Contents 1958 - 1969
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1958 - 1968 Victorian Licensing Court VA 2905
1968 - 1969 Liquor Control Commission VA 1110
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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

    This series consists of registers created to record the granting of applications heard at annual sittings, for premises located in the Wangaratta Licensing Area, which were primarily to renew liquor licences and permits. The date range of this series is not certain. The records transferred in the P1 consignment have a date range of 1958 to 1969 and, based on those records, the series date range has been determined as ?1958 to ?1969.

    There is no index for this series. Entries are arranged sequentially by case number. Researchers will need to browse through entries to obtain information which includes the name of licensee or premises applying for renewal and locations.

    Licence Registers

    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.

    Annual Renewals

    Since Victoria was first settled, liquor licences, once granted, have required annual renewal. Initially annual meetings of justices were held in June each year and licences were renewed for the following twelve months. Subsequently, legislation specified that hearings of applications for the renewal of licences and permits were to be held in December each year for renewal of licences for the twelve months commencing on the first day of January in the following year.

    Licences are granted to allow the sale, supply or consumption of liquor on specified premises. The earliest legislation allowed the identification of such premises by name and address of the premises or applicant. Subsequent legislation refined licences to be granted for specified parts of premises. Other conditions imposed on a licence may have included restrictions on hours, requirements that food be provided etc.

    Over time the licensing legislation provided for variations to the licence conditions to be permitted. Such things as additional bars, later hours of opening etc could be specified in a permit granted to the licensee. Such permits were effectively attached to the licence and were also able to be renewed annually with the licence. Other permits, such as unlicensed premises permits (for example bring-your-own restaurants), were also renewable annually.

    Entries in annual renewal registers are typically arranged in groups by licence type. For some periods they were listed alphabetically by name of applicant or name of licensed premises within each group. At other times they were listed within groups by licence number. When the register recorded applications originating from more than one licensing district or area, entries relating to each district or area may be grouped together.

    Where a matter was not resolved at an initial annual sitting it could be adjourned to a later date.

    For more information on licence registers and background information on creating agencies, licensing districts and licensing generally, refer to the series description for VPRS 8570.

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P0001 1958 - 1969 Open 3
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