Korong Shire rate books
Date Range: 1867; 1869; 1873 - 1877; 1880 - 1885; 1887 - 1920; 1922; 1928 - 1938
Public Record Office Victoria Series No: VPRS 16554/P1 Units 1-59 1867-1938
Not all Korong Shire Rate Books have survived, and many are in fragile condition. As a result, 26 out of the 59 original volumes that are located at the Public Record Office Victoria are closed to public access, meaning that the original volumes are not able to be viewed or handled in any way. However, digital copies of the closed volumes are available on this website and by contacting the local historical societies. Their details are available through the Community directory.
The closed volumes are for the years: 1867, 1869, 1873, 1874, 1875, 1877, 1880, 1881, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1889, 1898, 1901, 1902, 1905, 1906, 1908, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1918 and 1922.
The early Korong Shire Rate Books were divided into Wedderburn, Inglewood and Kingower Ridings. In 1880 it became North, Central and South Ridings. The Electoral District was Avoca and the Electoral Divisions included Inglewood, Kingower, Moliagul, Jericho and Korong.
Among the many small districts or locations listed are Caledonia Flat, Tarnagulla Road, Inglewood, Bul-a-bul Creek, Bridgewater, Kinypaniel, Kurting, Leicester Reef, Brennanah, Glenalbyn, Kingower, Kurting, Wedderburn etc
The columns in the Korong Rate Book list the following:
- Surname and christian name of the owner or occupier
- Description and situation of the rateable property
- Electoral district and division
- Gross annual value
- Full net annual value
- Amount reduced to on appeal
- Rates due at the stated pence in the pound
- Arrears and remarks column.
Trade or occupation is listed for the first time in 1873 and in 1875 the parish name and quite often the allotment number of a property.
Warning: Some of these files are very large.