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Returned Soldier Settlement Miscellaneous Files

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The indexing of two boxes of Qualification Certificates in these miscellaneous files has been a volunteer project. These appear to be the only surviving examples of World War 1 Qualification Certificates from New South Wales.

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Qualification Certificates:
The passage of the Returned Soldiers Settlement Act 1916, (Act No 21 1916) allowed the settlement of returned soldiers on Crown and Closer Settlement lands.
When applying for land, an ex-serviceman was required to complete a Qualification Certificate which was a declaration of his or her status as an ex-service person and eligibility for land. This Certificate was then presented to the Returned Soldiers' Classification Committee and forwarded with the application to the Local Land Board for processing.

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The index includes entries from the following:

NRS 8056, Returned Soldier Settlement miscellaneous files, 1916-39
The records indexed are Qualification Certificates located in [19/7034, 19/7035A&B].

What you will find in the index

The index records certificate number, surname and first name of applicant, residence at time of application and in some cases the land district required for settlement. Also recorded is the class of holding required by the returned soldier, such as a Homestead Farm, Returned Soldiers Special Holding, Suburban Holding or Crown Lease.

Related index

Further information on applicants for soldier settlement would require considerable research, as at this stage this is the only other consolidated index relating to Soldier Settlement. It should be noted that in certain cases only the name of an individual or very little other information may be located.

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.

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