Returned Soldier Settlement
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.
- Record series in the index: NRS 8056 [19/7034, 19/7035A&B]
- Entries in the index: 1,000+
What are 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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