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Land Victoria preserving historic parish and township plans

Land Victoria has won a Sir Rupert Hamer Records Management Awards for their project to secure the long term preservation of historical paper records and for providing Public Record Office Victoria with digital images and indexes for future public referencing and resourcing.

Three collections of historical paper records were to be deposited to Public Record Office Victoria. The first collection was 3000 Crown field books ranging in date from 1800 to 1920. The second collection is the Put-Away Plans comprising historical Parish and Township plans and Crown survey plans. There are some 20,000 paper plans ranging in size and dating from 1800 to 1900. The third set is the current Record Plans or Parish and Township Plans. There are about 5000 paper and transparency plans ranging in date from 1890 to 2001. All of these records relate to the early surveying of Victoria, Crown subdivisions and land development of Victoria.

Many of these maps and plans will soon be available to order and view at the Victorian Archives Centre reading room in North Melbourne. To find out more about Land Victoria please visit

2 Comments to Land Victoria preserving historic parish and township plans

  1. John Lewis's Gravatar John Lewis
    September 7, 2011 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    The Put Away plans were until recently available at the Land Information Centre as microfiche and were withdrawn because Land Victoria would, or could, not bear the cost of servicing the viewer/printers. They now say acquire the DVDs of the imaged microfiche or go to the PROV. I have been using the Put Aways for the past 15 years for historical research, which are more than just earlier versions of parish and township plans, but are for individual surveys as well.
    If there is a long lead time for imaging do you plan to make the microfiche versions available immediately as was the case for the Historic Plan Series when these were withdrawn from LIC?

    • Digital_Projects's Gravatar Digital_Projects
      September 9, 2011 at 10:08 am | Permalink

      We have received microfilm from Land Victoria as part of a large transfer of plans from them that is in its final stages at the moment. We intend to make this available through our North Melbourne Reading Room shortly. We do need to confirm that the film we have matches what has been available in the Land Information Centre. Longer term we would like to make this material available digitally.

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