Abstracts and journals

These are records of the formal lodgement of ‘instruments’ (documents) in the title system, eg transfer of ownership, or mortgage etc.

To order a copy, or view an original, of an abstract or journal, you will need the specific record reference. This will appear on a title record beside a ‘memorial’ (a brief note), eg ‘12345 Transfer to S. Smith’)

Abstracts (or lodgement forms) were a pre-printed form, typed or handwritten, that provided an inventory of the dealings affecting a particular title. They were bound into books.

Example of abstract

Journals were compiled from 1871 as a daily record of all instruments received for registration, listed in the order in which they were received at a specified office. The manual volumes were later replaced with a computerised journal. (Landonline now provides the ongoing record of lodgement of instruments.)

Some of the earlier sequences of Journals are held at Archives offices.

Example of journal

Please note that some earlier sequences of Journals are held at Archives offices.