Understanding The Records

We have digitised selected documents from Victorian Government files kept on returned World War One soldiers who were approved to lease a block of farming land in Victoria. They were known as soldier settlers.

If you are researching family or Australian history these government records will help you understand the individual experience of a soldier settler, as well as the historical context of the Victorian Soldier Settlement Scheme. Below, La Trobe University historian Dr Charles Fahey gives a handy video introduction to the kind of information you’re likely to find within the records.

The records you may see:

  • Applications for a Qualification Certificate
  • Applications to lease particular blocks of land
  • Lease documents (called Selection Leases or Conditional Purchase Leases)
  • Lease transfer and cancellation documents

There is more paper in the files than we have been able to digitise.  We have selected documents that give the key details of each soldier settlement story as we have them. You can look at some examples of typical documents by clicking on the slide-show above.

How to Search

You can search for government records about soldier settlement files on this website by soldier name, or click on the embedded map and select individuals based on their geographic location.