Chronological table of Victorian mining laws

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A number of acts, proclamations, regulations, reports and other governmental documents have been published in Victoria relating to mining. This table[1] provides a list of the most significant.

The term company was often applied to cooperative partnerships with shares allotted to individual miners and other such as furnishers (merchants who supplied goods to the miners); and the section of the reef being worked could be either a claim held under several miner's rights or a lease granted by the government. The word company was often added to the name of a partnership which was not a registered company. Whether a mine was held by a registered company or a partnership with a claim or lease is often difficult to establish after so many years, although the details were probably well known to those investing in the mines at the time."[1]

Copies of the documents can be found as follows:

  • For Reports of Select Committees, Boards and Royal Commissions, see Votes and Proceedings of the Victorian Parliament.
  • For regulations, see Victorian Government Gazette.[1]


Contents

Chronological table of Victorian mining laws

Document Number Date Subject
Proclamation 15 August 1851 Mining on waste lands
Regulations 18 August 1851 Licence 30s monthly
Regulations 1 December 1851 Licence £3 monthly
Act 15 Vict. 15 6 January 1852 Mining on waste lands
Act — Master and Servant 16 Vict. 16
18 Vict. 16 Extend NSW Act to Victoria till 31 December 1856
Regulations 20 October 1852 Leases for goldmining
Report of Select Committee 5 January 1853 Management of goldfields
Report of Board 19 March 1853 Leases
Regulation 5 April 1853 Licences and leases
Act 17 Vict. 1 14 September 1853 Alters fee to £2 for three months
Report of Select Committee 1 November 1853 Management of goldfields
Act 17 Vict. 4 1 December 1853 Management of goldfields
Act 17 Vict. 5 21 December 1853 Partnerships with limited liability
Regulations 31 December 1853 Related to 17 Vict. 4
Report of Royal Commission est. 16 November 1854
rep. 29 March 1855
Enquiry into conditions on the goldfields
Act 18 Vict. 27 20 April 1855 Export duty on gold
Act 18 Vict. 34 22 May 1855 Increase Legislative Council by 12 members
Act 18 Vict. 37 12 June 1855 Management of goldfields
Act 18 Vict. 39 12 June 1855 Chinese immigrants
Act (Haines) 18 Vict. 42 12 June 1855 Better regulation of mining companies[Notes 1]
Regulations 13 June 1855 Related to 18 Vict. 37
Report of Select Committee 14 February 1856 Mining on private property
Report of Select Committee 19 February 1856 Operation of Local Courts
Report of Select Committee 11 March 1856 Development of colony
Report of Mining Commission 28 November 1856, and undated 1857 Mineral resources of colony
Act 21 Vict. 21 2 October 1857 Control use of gunpowder
Report of Select Committee 17 November 1857 Chinese immigration
Act 21 Vict. 32 24 November 1857 Amend goldfield law, abolish Local Courts
Act 21 Vict. 41 24 November 1857 Control Chinese residence
Act (Ireland) 21 Vict. 56 4 June 1858 Facilitate formation of mining associations
Report of Royal Commission 10 February 1859 Sludge at Bendigo
Act 22 Vict. 66 24 February 1859 Control use of gunpowder
Act 22 Vict. 80 24 February 1859 Consolidate laws on Chinese
Act 24 Vict. 115 8 September 1860 Amend 21 Vict. 32, drainage and sludge
Act (Pyke) 24 Vict. 109 18 September 1860 Partnerships with limited liability
Act 24 Vict. 117 1860 Town commons
Act 25 Vict. 148 18 June 1862 Leases of auriferous lands
Report of Royal Commission est. 8 July 1862
rep. 13 August 1863
Conditions and prospects of goldfields
Act 27 Vict. 196 20 April 1864 Gunpowder statute
Act 27 Vict. 200 20 April 1864 Consolidate laws on Chinese
Act (Frazer) 27 Vict. 228 2 June 1864 Limit liability of mining companies
Act 28 Vict. 259 15 May 1865 Chinese immigration
Act 29 Vict. 291 28 November 1865 Mining Statute
Report of Select Committee 12 October 1871 Mining companies
Act 35 Vict. 409 23 November 1871 Cost-book, limited liability and no-liability companies
Act 36 Vict. 446 17 December 1872 Amend Mining Statute, leases and tributing
Act 37 Vict. 480 25 November 1873 Regulation and inspection of mines
Act 41 Vict. 583 20 December 1877 Amend 37 Vict. 480, regulation and inspection
Act 41 Vict. 596 18 January 1878 Drainage of mines
Report of Board 22 November 1879 Development of resources
Act 45 Vict. 709 24 December 1881 Residence licences
Act 45 Vict. 719 24 December 1881 Amend regulation and inspection of mines
Act 45 Vict. 723 24 December 1881 Chinese immigration
Act 47 Vict. 783 3 November 1883 Amend regulation and inspection of mines
Act 48 Vict. 796 25 November 1884 Mining for gold and silver on private property
Act 48 Vict. 826 10 December 1884 Mining Accident Relief Fund
Report of Board 24 March 1887 Sludge problems of colony
Report of Board 22 August 1888 Ventilation of mines
Act 52 Vict. 998 2 December 1888 Amend 48 Vict. 796, mining on private property
Act 52 Vict. 1005 22 December 1888 Chinese immigration
Report of Board 10 March 1890 Safety mining cages
Act 54 Vict. 1120 10 July 1890 Consolidated Mines Act 1890
Act 54 Vict. 1189
54 Vict. 1202
19 December 1890
20 December 1890
Amend Mines Act 1890, leases and miner's rights
Report of Board 22 October 1890 Mine managers' certificates
Royal Commission est. 15 July 1889
rep. 30 September 1891
Commission on goldmining
Act 55 Vict. 1215 2 November 1891 Bendigo residence licences
Act 55 Vict. 1251 29 December 1891 Leases on Mallee lands
Report of Select Committee 25 November 1893 Tributing in mines
Act 59 Vict. 1384 29 January 1895 Mining leases on private property
Act 60 Vict. 1456 16 November 1896 Establish explosive magazine, Truganina
Act 60 Vict. 1457 16 November 1896 Control of Explosives
Act 60 Vict. 1461 14 December 1896 Mining development
Act 61 Vict. 1514 27 September 1897 Amend law relating to mining
Act 63 Vict. 1648 19 February 1900 Cyanide patent purchase
Report of Board 28 February 1900 Mine ventilation bonus
Act (Cwlth) No. 17 of 1901 23 December 1901 Chinese immigration
Act 1 Edw. VII 1780 23 December 1901 License gold buyers
Act 4 Edw. VII 1961 30 November 1904 Amend Mines Act on leases
Regulations 21 August 1905 Mining leases
Act 7 Edw. VII 2127 23 December 1907 Amend Mines Act, dredging and sluicing
Act 7 Edw. VII 2138 23 December 1907 Amend Gold Buyers Act
Act 9 Edw. VII 2240 4 January 1910 Coalmines regulation
Act 1 Geo. V 2292 4 January 1911 Amend Gold Buyers Act
Act 4 Geo. V 2489 17 February 1914 Amend Mines Act, abolish Mining Boards
Act Geo. V 2698 13 August 1915 Consolidate Mines Act
Act 19 Geo. V 3737 19 December 1929 Consolidate Mines Act, and amending act
Act 19 Geo. V 3738 19 December 1929 Consolidate Mines Development Act
Act 20 Geo. V 3838 30 December 1929 Appropriate profits of state coalmine
Act 23 Geo. V 4030 11 July 1932 Pay and conditions Wonthaggi
Act 26 Geo. V 4319 4 November 1935 Residence and business licences
Act 26 Geo. V 4359 17 December 1935 Mining of petroleum
Act 1 Geo. VI 4438 21 December 1936 Miner's phthisis relief
Act 1 Geo. VI 4450 23 December 1936 Amend Gold Buyers Act
Act 2 Geo. VI 4506 6 December 1937 Amend Mines Act, leases and licences
Act 3 Geo. VI 4560 3 October 1938 Amend Gold Buyers Act
Act 3 Geo. VI 4602 12 December 1938 Amend Companies Act, no-liability Companies
Act 3 Geo. VI 4692 8 December 1939 Amend Mines (Petroleum) Act
Act 3 Geo. VI 4697 8 December 1939 Residence licences
Act 6 Geo. VI 4919 7 December 1942 Remission of rents
Act 10 Geo. VI 5095 21 December 1945 Mine managers' Certificate
Act 13 Geo. VI 5396 11 October 1949 Disposal of machinery
Act 13 Geo. VI 5408 25 October 1949 Wind up Mining Accident Relief Fund
Act 4 Eliz. II 5938 13 December 1955 Uranium and thorium
Act 7 Eliz. II 6320 30 September 1958 Consolidate Mines Act
Act 7 Eliz. II 6321 30 September 1958 Consolidate Mines Development Act
Act 9 Eliz. II 6715 21 December 1960 Control of explosives
Act 13 Eliz. II 7233 12 December 1964 Exploration licences
Act 16 Eliz. II 7540 17 March 1967 Petroleum agreement. Hematite and Esso
Act 16 Eliz. II 7591 25 November 1967 Petroleum (Submerged Land) Act
Act (Cwlth) No. 118/1967 22 November 1967 Petroleum (Submerged Land) Act
Act 18 Eliz. II 7840 20 May 1969 Abolish Courts of
Mines, Wardens' Courts
Act 18 Eliz. II 7876 5 October 1969 Amend Justices Act 1958, disputes to County Court
Act 25 Eliz. II 8909 7 December 1976 Repeal Gold Buyers Act
Act 32 Eliz. II 9936 5 July 1983 Appointment of wardens
Act No. 92/1990 18 December 1990 Mineral Resources Development Act
Act No. 86/1993 3 November 1993 Amend 92/1990

See also

Goldfield Timeline

Notes

  1. This act "contained eighteen clauses, and allowed a company to be formed and registered with the Clerk of Petty Sessions for the district in which it was to mine. A set of rules for the operation of the company also had to be lodged with the clerk, and published locally and in the Government Gazette."


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Birrell, Ralph W (1998). Staking a claim : gold and the development of Victorian mining law. Melbourne University Press, Carlton South, Victoria


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