Miners Rights 1874 - 1885
VPRS 1382/P0 consists of three boxes of records relating to residence areas held under miners' rights. They are housed at the Ballarat Archives Centre, Public Record Office Victoria and are entitled Applications for Residence and Business Areas and Claims, Ballarat District, Central Division, date range 1871-1914.
The records exist as a result of the 1865 and subsequent Mines Acts whereby the holder of a miner's right could hold up to one acre of land on a goldfield area on which to reside.
VPRS 1382/P0 consists of the following records, all of which have been indexed by volunteers from the Ballarat & District Genealogical Society:
Unit 1: Five volumes of application forms:
Applications for Residence and Business Areas Nos 8405-8597: 1871-1871
Applications for Residence and Business Areas Nos 8603-8798: 1871-1871
Applications for Residence and Business Areas Nos 8802-8998: 1871-1872
Applications for Residence and Business Areas Nos 10504-10702: 1881-1881
Applications for Residence and Business Areas Nos 23106-23305: 1897-1897
Unit 2: Two foolscap sized bound volumes:
Liens on Residence Areas Nos 2089-2138: 1913-1913
Liens on Residence Areas Nos 2159-2258: 1913-1914
Unit 3: Two volumes:
Form of Transfer Residence Areas Nos 22363-22564: 1898-1899
Certificate of Applications for Claims Nos 3358-3457: 1881-1882
Miners Killed 1874 - 1885 in the Ballarat District
Click below to access the Miners Killed 1874 - 1885 index.
The Barrett Collection
In February 2016 John Barrett donated to the Ballarat & District Genealogical Society a document collection in the name of his father Roy Clifford BARRETT (1913-2005) son of William BARRETT and Laura May (CHIBNALL) of Ballarat, and husband of Edna Mary (KELSO). These documents, dating from 1858 to 1934, have been in the family for six generations and will be on permanent loan to the Society to display and to share with others. In the process of cleaning out the family home for sale the value of these historical documents was recognised and we agreed to take good care of them as important items in our collection which is housed in the Australiana Research Room at Ballarat Central Library.