Colac Court of Requests Day Book 1850-1857

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Background

Colac Court of Requests Day Book 1850-1857.

This Day Book was handed to a local historian following a talk on the history of Colac.  It has now been lodged at PROV in December 2010. 


About the Day Book

This volume is in two parts: the Court of Requests Day Book (1850 - 1857), and the Stock Book of Electoral Lists and Rolls (1859 - 1873)

 

The Day Book covers some of the period of the Colac Court of Petty Sessions register 1849-1865.

 

The Court of Petty Sessions registers from 1860 are available at PROV – see other Colac court records below.


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Access the Day Book


Access to the book is free.



On-line digital version


The full digital version will be made available at a later date by PROV - possibly with individual pages linked to the index.  The method is yet to be finalised. 


IMPORTANT: Read the Page Numbers section below for further instructions.


Transcribed text version


The transcribed text version can be downloaded here. Surnames have been typed in capitals and line breaks have been inserted to separate individual cases.


Where a known name was spelt incorrectly in the original register, the correct name has been added in brackets and both versions included in the index.


Where we have not been able to decipher a name or word, it appears as [?] and is highlighted in yellow. If you know the name or word please let us know.


IMPORTANT: Read the Page Numbers section below for further instructions.


Index to the records


The index is included in the Geelong & District Database


A separate index for the register has not been produced as there are many other Colac names included in the this database which is a continually evolving database.   A separate index may be produced depending on the method adopted by PROV to access the digital version.


Entries for Magistrates and Clerks of Petty Sessions have only been included where they appear as part of court proceedings as there would be far too many entries for these individuals. Instead a single entry for each shows the range of years and page numbers in which they appeared.


IMPORTANT: Read the Page Numbers section below for further instructions.


Page Numbers


It is important to understand Page Numbers used in the digital copy, the transcribed version and the index.


In the transcribed version the PAGE NUMBERS appear in RED at the top of the start of each equivalent digital page. These are the same page numbers used in the index.


These PAGE NUMBERS may change depending on the method adopted by PROV to access the digital version.


Colac at the time of this Day Book


To gain an understanding of Colac at the time of this book, you will enjoy reading Dawn Peel’s article ‘Colac 1857: snapshot of a colonial settlement’, in Provenance, no. 7, 2008 - the Journal of the Public Records Office of Victoria.



Other Colac court records


Other Colac court records are available at the Victorian Archive Centre. These include:



And of course there is the Colac Court of Petty Sessions register 1849-1865

In the meantime thank you to Dawn Peel for ensuring the Colac Court of Requests Day Book is available for all to enjoy.


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