This index covers requests from individuals for land - leases and purchases - received by the Colonial Secretary's office between 1826 and 1856.

A brief overview of the major sources held by State Records that relate to the main records of the Commissioners of Crown lands and key related series.

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This Guide provides an historical background on the conditional purchase scheme in NSW from 1862 to 1951, also known as 'free selection before survey' along with a list of the major record series and step-by-step guidance on how to access them.

An overview of county, parish and town/village maps created by the Department of Lands and its predecessors and a background to the Parish Map Preservation Project.

An overview of the Court of Claims and a list of the main records series in our collection. The Commissioners appointed in the court were empowered to hear the claims of all persons holding or claiming to hold lands where grants had been promised and claiming to have grants delivered to...

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This index will be of interest to those researching early or disputed land ownership. It records: date of memorial, name of applicant, address, occupation, name of first possessor of land and case number.

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This Guide provides a brief overview of the major sources in our collection that relate to the occupation of Crown lands in the period prior to 1856.

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Depasturing Licences permitted settlers to graze stock on Crown Lands "beyond the limits of location". The "limits of location" refer to the nineteen counties of settled area extending from Sydney.

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Goldmining can be a challenging field of research. The record series listed in this guide may assist.

This guide provides details about records in our collection relating to historical house and property research and includes a list of other organisations that may hold relevant material. Please note however, that property records can be complex and confusing without conveyancing training.

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This is an index of the first six volumes of the Surveyor General's Registers of Land Grants and Leases [7/445, 7/447-451] and contains all grants to 1819, mainland grants to 1822 and Cumberland grants, 1823-65.

The records listed in Guide relate to the original alienation of land from the Crown. Parish maps are useful for research in this area, as they record original grants. 

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A joint initiative between State Archives NSW (formerly State Records NSW) and Lands and Property Information (LPI) to provide online access to a number of historical land title records was announced in November 2010. Using the popular search tool PIXEL (now HLRV) researchers can...

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Land value refers to the monetary value of the land only and does not include the value of the home or other structures on the land. Land value is used by local councils and the State Government to calculate rates and taxes.

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These files, which the department designated with a "SF" prefix (Special file), have been segregated from the main series of correspondence. They relate to a variety of subjects including: reports on geological surveys and mineral deposits; reports on coalfields; applications for leases;...

The Real Property Act, 1862 established a system whereby owners could convert land granted prior to 1863 to Real Property Act title. This is done by what is called a Primary Application. These records are an important research resource as the supporting documentation lodged with the application...

Transfer of land ownership originally obtained under the Closer Settlement and Returned Soldiers schemes. It records surname and first name (may be that of transferor or transferee), file number, residence of owner, settlement purchase number, parish, county and date of transfer.

This index will be of interest to those researching the transfer of land ownership originally obtained under the Closer Settlement and Returned Soldiers schemes. It records: name of applicant and vendor, name of estate, land district and Closer Settlement Promotion number.

The index related to the transfer of land ownership originally obtained under the Closer Settlement and Returned Soldiers schemes. The registers record names of transferor and transferee, file number, residence of owner, settlement purchase number, parish, county and date of transfer.

The Soldier Settlement website: A Land Fit For Heroes? contains 195 case studies using a variety of sources including those held by us and the returned soldiers’...

A list of the main land records in our collection that relate to returned soldier settlement, or closer settlement, after World War I.The passage of the Returned Soldiers Settlement Act 1916, (Act No 21 1916) allowed the settlement of returned soldiers on Crown and Closer...

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This index relates to land ownership originally obtained under the Returned Soldiers Settlement scheme. This index records Soldier Settlement loan number, name of applicant and land district. The records relate to the application of Returned Soldier Settlers Advance/loan after World War I.

The Qualification Certificates in these files appear to be the only surviving examples of World War 1 Qualification Certificates from NSW. The index records certificate number, name of applicant, residence at time of application and in some cases the land district required for settlement....

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A Settlement Purchase was the principal tenure under the Closer Settlement Act (Act. No.37 1904). These are similar to the tenure of Conditional Purchase with the payment of a deposit and annual instalments. Many but not all returned soldiers obtained their land using this form of tenure.

This volume shows returned soldiers clearing the land, constructing houses, and carrying out farming activities on soldier settlements established following World War 1. The photos also feature their families and cottages in which they lived.

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This is an index to holders of depasturing licences and others who were occupying Crown land beyond the Nineteen Counties, and who were visited by the Commissioners of Crown Lands.

The cartographic records of the Surveyor General provide some of the most detailed and comprehensive descriptions of the nature use, agricultural potential and occupancy of land in the colony.

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A complete listing of the Surveyor General's Crown Plans from the Select List of Maps and Plans (and Supplement), 1792-1886. It contains the earliest surveys of NSW (towns and villages, squatting districts, counties and parishes, roads, rivers, mountain ranges, and explorers' expeditions)....

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The index records surveyor's name, date and locality covered and gives book number, item number and reel number (if available on microfilm).

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These are letters received from surveyors, mostly relating to matters such as the survey description of farms, reserves, churches, schools, rivers and mountain ranges, or forwarding tracings and plans of these after survey.