Last updated:

July 7, 2022

What do I need to know?

The name of a soldier settler or the name of the location where a soldier settlement block was located. This search only works for soldier settler blocks allocated for service in World War I.

To find all other records relating to soldier settlement (such as advances files and VPRS 5357 which sometimes contain additional information)  you will need to search on the PROV catalogue or follow the links to specific series that can be found at the bottom of this page.

The World War II soldier settler scheme was administered by the Soldier Settlement Commission (VA 2270) between 1945 and 1962, and you can browse a list of relevant records

How do I search?

Most of the records that identify soldier settlers that received a block after being discharged from World War I service have been digitised and can be viewed online through our catalogue. You can search for just these files by entering a soldier’s name in the form below or the location where a soldier settlement block was located.

Please note: We have only digitised files that we could identify as being related to soldier settlement, and we have only digitised those parts of the file that relate to soldier settlers. There is generally more in a particular file relating to other holders (who were not soldier settlers) of a block at other times.  You might also try a search across the entire series to identify files of interest.

About these records

These records detail the Victorian soldier settlement scheme created in 1917 to lease land to returned soldiers and nurses for farming after the World War I.

These records will help you understand the individual experience of a soldier settler, as well as the historical context of the Victorian Soldier Settlement Scheme.

These records were digitised with the support of the Veterans Unit of the Department of Premier and Cabinet as part of commemorations on the 100th anniversary of World War I.  Digitisation was undertaken with the aid of volunteers and we are grateful to everybody who gave their support for this project.

Next Steps

If you wish to find more information about a particular soldier settlement, you can order the physical file via the links on our catalogue when you find the name using the search form.

Once ordered, files will be available to view in our North Melbourne Reading Room. 

Some soldier settlers also applied for advances on their leases. These files may contain additional information. Links to advance leases are listed below.

What are in these records?

Information about the soldier applicant, including:

  • name
  • age
  • marital status
  • occupation before the war
  • possibly letters about applicant
  • correspondence about land

Details about the allotment, such as:

  • number
  • size
  • parish
  • district
  • and possibly also a map

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