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Closer Settlement Promotion files

The indexing of the promotion files has been a Volunteer project. This index will be of interest to local and family historians researching the transfer of land ownership originally obtained under the Closer Settlement and Returned Soldiers schemes. There are 4354 entries to search.

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The index records name of applicant and vendor, name of estate, land district and Closer Settlement Promotion number.

Closer Settlement was expanded from a scheme that used only Crown Lands to one that now embraced land held in private hands.


The Closer Settlement Promotion Act, 1910 (Act No 17, 1910) under which this series was created allowed three to five discharged soldiers to purchase privately owned land under agreement with the vendor with the terms to be approved by the Minister of Lands. Under the 'promotion scheme' the land was subsequently occupied as a 'Settlement Purchase' (1).  The provisions of the Closer Settlement Act 1910 under which many of these soldier settlers applied for land was extended by Section 4C of the Returned Soldiers' Settlement Act 1916 (Act No 21, 1916) (2).

(1) Closer Settlement Promotion Act, 1910 s. 3

(2) Returned Soldiers' Settlement Act 1916 s. 4C

About the Index

This series is comprised of 370 boxes. Only the first 136 boxes have been indexed [10/13227-13359, 10/37101-37103]. This index which contains 4354 entries has been created from the record series:

NRS 8052, Closer Settlement Promotion files, 1913-1972
The files record the details of the purchase and subsequent dealings between the vendor and purchaser, and the Department of Lands.

Related series

NRS 8054, Closer Settlement and Returned Soldiers Transfer files, 1907-36, 1951

NRS 8076, Registers of Settlement Purchases, 1905-1929

Related website

A website dedicated to the memory of Soldier Settlement in NSW. This project has been generously funded by the Australian Research Council, Monash University and the University of New England, under an ARC linkage scheme, together with linkage partners State Records NSW and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Accessing the records

The Closer Settlement Promotion files are held at the Western Sydney Records Centre.

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