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FILES - GENERAL

  • AU WA S211
  • Series
  • 1882-01-02 - 2003-07-01

This is the main series for correspondence files dealing with the administration of land in the State. The series covers the full span of activities carried out by the departments responsible for land administration.On 2 January 1882, the Chief Cl...

DEPARTMENT OF LANDS AND SURVEYS

ORIGINAL PLANS - DISTRICTS

  • AU WA S236
  • Series
  • 1850 -

This series consists of cadastral plans compiled from original surveys. The plans consist of one or more locations within the same Land District. They are drawn on different scales and do not conform to a grid pattern. Each sheet includes a table ...

DEPARTMENT OF LANDS AND SURVEYS

LOCATION REGISTERS

  • AU WA S2277
  • Series
  • 1835-01-01 - 1964-12-31

The series comprises registers arranged by location (e.g. Albany, Avon, Bridgetown, etc). Within each volume, entries are recorded in location number order with, in some volumes, the name of the applicant/grantee being given (see also Record Serie...

DEPARTMENT OF LANDS AND SURVEYS

REGISTERS - LEASES (REGULATIONS)

  • AU WA S1311
  • Series
  • 1887-01-01 - 1981-12-31

Registers pertaining to the release of Crown lands under clauses of the various Land Regulations. With the passing of the Land Act in 1898, leases continued to be issued under the relevant clause of the new Act, thus a volume may include leases is...

DEPARTMENT OF LANDS AND SURVEYS

REGISTERS - LANDS AND SURVEYS PLANS

  • AU WA S247
  • Series
  • 1830-01-01 - 1980-01-01

Register of plans produced by survey staff of Lands & Surveys (and predecessor agencies) and maintained by Department's plan custodian.

DEPARTMENT OF LANDS AND SURVEYS

LETTERS RECEIVED FROM SETTLERS

  • AU WA S1852
  • Series
  • 1829-09-19 - 1880-12-31

Unregistered letters received from settlers (SDUR's). The letters have been arranged alphabetically by surname. The letters deal mainly with applications for, and transfers of land.

SURVEY OFFICE

EXPLORATION JOURNALS

  • AU WA S2117
  • Series
  • 1827-01-01 - 1944-12-31

The series comprises original exploration journals and diaries and copies of some explorarion journals, some of which are loose and some which have been copied into volumes.

DEPARTMENT OF LANDS AND SURVEYS

TOWNSITE REGISTERS

  • AU WA S2263
  • Series
  • 1837-01-01 - 1970-12-31

The townsite registers recorded surveying of lots resumed from reserves or created from vacant Crown land. The lots are arranged under town name with further sub-divisions of any lot being recorded. Details include the original plan/diagram number...

DEPARTMENT OF LANDS AND SURVEYS

REGISTERS - LETTERS RECEIVED

  • AU WA S1964
  • Series
  • 1883-01-01 - 1938-12-31

Register of letters received. Details include letter no, date, addressee, subject matter and how disposed of.

DEPARTMENT OF LANDS AND SURVEYS

REGISTERS - LESSEES

  • AU WA S1891
  • Series
  • 1860-01-01 - 1932-12-31

These lessees registers record, under the name of the lessee, the various leases held. Information given includes the lease no., reference to the description, district, acres, date of expiry and remarks. See also the two index volumes to these reg...

DEPARTMENT OF LANDS AND SURVEYS

INDEXES - LESSEES REGISTERS AND HOLDINGS

  • AU WA S2052
  • Series
  • 1860-01-01 - 1928-12-31

The volumes in this series comprise indexes to the Lessees' Registers at WAS 1891 and to lessees' holdings under the 1898 Land Act.

DEPARTMENT OF LANDS AND SURVEYS

DESCRIPTION BOOKS - RURAL LAND GRANTS AND SALES

  • AU WA S2067
  • Series
  • 1836-01-01 - 1921-12-31

Description books for rural land grants and sales arranged by district and then by location no. Details provided include name of grantee, lot no., acreage and description of the boundaries.

DEPARTMENT OF LANDS AND SURVEYS

INDEX - TOWN AND SUBURBAN LOTS

  • AU WA S2304
  • Series
  • 1832-01-01 - 1916-12-31

Index to the Town Registers at WAS 2255. The volume lists town names and a reference to the volume number in WAS 2255.The index was succeeded by WAS 2265 and associated card indexes in 1916.

DEPARTMENT OF LANDS AND SURVEYS

MEMORANDA

  • AU WA S1946
  • Series
  • 1876-09-18 - 1915-12-31

Handwritten paper copies of memoranda sent by the Surveyor General and the Under Secretary for Lands.

DEPARTMENT OF LANDS AND SURVEYS

SUBJECT INDEXES - LETTERS RECEIVED FROM SETTLERS

  • AU WA S2050
  • Series
  • 1886-01-01 - 1915-12-31

The first four volumes give details of writer and date of letter in subject order. The remaining volumes are arranged by district.

DEPARTMENT OF LANDS AND SURVEYS

LETTERS FORWARDED

  • AU WA S1844
  • Series
  • 1829-01-01 - 1914-12-31

The first letterbooks (vols 41-43) contain transcipts of letters forwarded in chronological order. Each letter has been given a sequential number. Most of the letters are to the Colonial Secretary covering such topics as office matters, materials ...

SURVEY OFFICE

NOMINAL INDEXES - LETTERS RECEIVED

  • AU WA S1962
  • Series
  • 1872-01-01 - 1913-12-31

References to register or letter book are given together with details of subject.

DEPARTMENT OF LANDS AND SURVEYS

LAND SALES, RETURNS OF LAND, ETC

  • AU WA S2155
  • Series
  • 1829-01-01 - 1909-12-31

Record of land sales arranged chronologically and returns of land assigned, by district, town and suburban allotments, sometimes, as in 683/1-13, giving name and lot no of grantee, and other lists showing number of allotments granted in a particul...

SURVEY OFFICE

APPLICATIONS FOR LEASES AND LICENCES

  • AU WA S2153
  • Series
  • 1872-01-01 - 1905-12-31

Applications for leases and licences, known as the Guard Books, issued under the Regulations. The forms contain details of the lease number on a standard plan, and give the land division and place of application. The applicant's name, acreage...

DEPARTMENT OF LANDS AND SURVEYS

LEASES AND LICENCES TRANSFERRED

  • AU WA S2130
  • Series
  • 1852-03-10 - 1900-12-31

This series records the transfer of leases for pastoral and tillage lands. There is an alphabetical index of lessee's names at the front of each volume, and details for each entry include No., acres, class, from whom, to whom and date of tran...

DEPARTMENT OF LANDS AND SURVEYS

REGISTERS - CONDITIONAL PURCHASE

  • AU WA S1958
  • Series
  • 1883-01-01 - 1899-12-31

The registers of conditional purchase are arranged under the Clause to which the conditional purchase refers. Details include no., name, area, district, and location no.

DEPARTMENT OF LANDS AND SURVEYS

LEASE DESCRIPTION BOOKS

  • AU WA S1889
  • Series
  • 1885-01-01 - 1899-12-31

Lease description books comprising a separate volume for each type of lease. Details include lessee, no., district, date and a description of the boundaries. They are arranged in chronological order of lease no.

DEPARTMENT OF LANDS AND SURVEYS

LAND GRANTS - IMMIGRANTS

  • AU WA S2092
  • Series
  • 1876-01-01 - 1896-12-31

In 1875, special regulations for land grants to immigrants were proclaimed. These regulations were superseded by others in 1878, but special grants to immigrants were not discontinued until 1882. The first three volumes contain details of these sp...

DEPARTMENT OF LANDS AND SURVEYS

FINANCIAL RECORDS - VARIOUS

  • AU WA S1834
  • Series
  • 1829-12-15 - 1896-12-31

Cash books, accounts and estimates of revenue and expenditure for the Survey Office and contract surveyors.

SURVEY OFFICE

REGISTER - ISLANDS LEASED

  • AU WA S1211
  • Series
  • 1872-01-01 - 1894-12-31

A register of islands in WA granted on lease. Details include name of island, occupant's name and duration of lease.

DEPARTMENT OF LANDS AND SURVEYS

LEASES AND LICENCES - RENEWALS AND PAYMENTS OF RENT

  • AU WA S2132
  • Series
  • 1860-01-01 - 1893-12-31

This series of registers records renewals and payments of rent. Details include lessee's name, lease or licence no. See also WAS 1890, Lease books, wherein is included very similar information.

DEPARTMENT OF LANDS AND SURVEYS

RECORDS - WA LAND COMPANY, MIDLAND RAILWAY COMPANY, ETC.

  • AU WA S1210
  • Series
  • 1888-01-01 - 1892-12-31

Registers of selections and leases and licences pertaining to the WA Land Company and showing lesses's name, lease no., area, improvements and amount of claim. See also Record Series No. 1311 (consignment 4890), a Register of leases which inc...

DEPARTMENT OF LANDS AND SURVEYS

PURCHASE BOOKS - COUNTRY LANDS

  • AU WA S1816
  • Series
  • 1830-01-01 - 1892-12-31

Entries are grouped under district and date from the beginning of the colony. Details include lot no., name of grantee and no. of acres.Description books and Registers for these lot numbers can be found at WAS 2093 and WAS 2094.See also WAS 2092, ...

SURVEY OFFICE

LAND ACT AND REGULATIONS

  • AU WA S1843
  • Series
  • 1827-01-01 - 1891-12-31

Land Act and regulations, government notices and instructions re granting of land; forms and regulations used elsewhere, reports etc re amendments to land regulations and for the disposal of mineral lands.

SURVEY OFFICE

DIARIES OF PROCEEDINGS - SURVEY OFFICE

  • AU WA S1861
  • Series
  • 1829-05-12 - 1891-12-31

These diaries give details of employment of staff, documents received and issued by the Dept. and remarks about the proceedings of each day. The first diary was commenced at sea aboard The Parmelia. The first two volumes are described as Proceedin...

SURVEY OFFICE

INDEXES - TITLE DEEDS

  • AU WA S2121
  • Series
  • 1830-01-01 - 1890-12-31

The first volume contains details of title deeds issued for country lands with entries appearing alphabetically under the grantee's name. The second volume covers the period 1872-1880. It contains details of the lot as in the first volume and...

SURVEY OFFICE

LETTERS FORWARDED TO SETTLERS

  • AU WA S1856
  • Series
  • 1829-01-01 - 1883-12-31

Transcriptions and handwritten press copies of letters forwarded to settlers. There is also a duplicate set for the period 1829-1834 and a triplicate set for the period 1829-1833. Abstracts of the letters can be found in WAS 1857 and an index to ...

SURVEY OFFICE

DESCRIPTION BOOKS - LAND GRANTS AND SALES (TOWNS)

  • AU WA S1945
  • Series
  • 1832-01-01 - 1889-12-31

The series contains boundary descriptions of land sold in towns. Details include lot no., name of grantee and date. Registers for some towns can be seen at WAS 2094. See also WAS 2093, Description books for land grants and sales in districts.

SURVEY OFFICE

DESCRIPTION BOOKS - LAND GRANTS AND SALES (DISTRICTS)

  • AU WA S2093
  • Series
  • 1833-01-01 - 1888-12-31

This series contains descriptions of land grants in prescribed districts and give details of lot no., acreage, name of grantee, date and description of boundaries.Registers to the land grants and sales can be seen at WAS 2094. See also WAS 1945, D...

SURVEY OFFICE

REGISTERS - LAND GRANTS AND SALES

  • AU WA S2094
  • Series
  • 1829-01-01 - 1889-12-31

Registers to land grants and sales, the description books for which can be seen at WAS 2093. Details include lot no., name of grantee and date.

SURVEY OFFICE

MINING LEASES AND LICENCES

  • AU WA S1841
  • Series
  • 1865-01-01 - 1882-12-31

Copies of mining leases and letters of applications for mining licences arranged by district. The names of some applicants can also be found in the Register of mining leases (WAS 1212), which is arranged alphabetically and by district.

SURVEY OFFICE

TOWN AND SUBURBAN LAND PURCHASE BOOK

  • AU WA S2091
  • Series
  • 1883-01-01 - 1887-12-31

Record of purchases of town and suburban lands. Details include applicant's name, price realised, date of title deed. The volume includes an alphabetical index.

CROWN LANDS AND SURVEYS DEPARTMENT

LEASE BOOKS

  • AU WA S1890
  • Series
  • 1833-01-01 - 1887-12-31

Entries are arranged consecutively under lease number. Other details include name of lessee, size of lease, class, district and whether finally cancelled, lapsed or transferred. The three volumes for the North, East and Kimberley districts run con...

SURVEY OFFICE

DESCRIPTION BOOKS - PASTORAL AND TILLAGE LEASES

  • AU WA S2071
  • Series
  • 1845-01-01 - 1883-12-31

Description books for pastoral and tillage leases covering the period 1845-1883. Early volumes to about 1860, give the distrcit, name of lessee, date, description and remarks for each entry. After 1860, the lease no. area, class, rent and boundari...

SURVEY OFFICE

LETTERS FORWARDED TO SURVEYORS

  • AU WA S1848
  • Series
  • 1831-09-13 - 1884-10-31

Transcripts of letters forwarded to surveyors. Also press copies of handwritten letters which were later typed at 51-53 with an index at the front of each volume.

SURVEY OFFICE

FEES RECEIVED

  • AU WA S1966
  • Series
  • 1855-06-04 - 1883-06-30

Details of public fees received showing from whom and reason for payment.

SURVEY OFFICE

PASTORAL LEASES - DESCRIPTION BOOKS (NORTH AND EAST DISTRICTS)

  • AU WA S1888
  • Series
  • 1873-02-18 - 1873-12-31

These volumes contain descriptions of leases in the North and East Districts under the following headings - No. and district, class, acreage, name, date of approval, description. Details of E1-E25 and N1-N218 can be found in WAS 2071, items 1235-1...

CROWN LANDS AND SURVEYS DEPARTMENT

REGISTER - MINING LEASES

  • AU WA S1212
  • Series
  • 1872-01-01 - 1883-12-31

A Register of mining leases, applications for which can be found at WAS 1841. Entries in the Register are grouped under districts, which are listed at the front. There is also an alphabetical list of licencee's names.The various Land Departme...

SURVEYOR-GENERAL'S DEPARTMENT

APPLICATIONS FOR COUNTRY LANDS APPROVED

  • AU WA S2119
  • Series
  • 1860-01-01 - 1883-12-31

Details include name of applicant, lot no., acres, district and amount of purchase money.

SURVEY OFFICE

APPLICATIONS FOR FULL TITLES

  • AU WA S2120
  • Series
  • 1853-01-01 - 1883-12-31

Details include name, lot no., acres, town or country, when received.

SURVEY OFFICE

REGISTERS - APPLICATIONS FOR LEASES AND LICENCES

  • AU WA S2040
  • Series
  • 1847-01-01 - 1882-12-31

In the early 1840s, various local regulations for the Temporary Occupation of Crown Lands were put forward in an attempt to prevent squatting. In 1850, new regulations for the leasing of Crown Lands were published. Under these regulations, land to...

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