Some things are worth waiting for! Just over 10 years ago – 10 May 2004 – I purchased and downloaded a digital copy of a Certificate of Title Vol 1946 Fol 389059. This was the largest of several early Titles for Ocean Grove and contained 82 pages. It, together with the other titles, was an absolute gold-mine for anyone researching early land owners in Ocean Grove.
Ocean Grove began as a private subdivision containing more than 2,263 allotments – by the time land-owner details were given to the local council for rates & valuations, unravelling the puzzle of who owned which allotment was just too hard to contemplate.
Way back in 2004 I knew these Titles were the answer to this puzzle but it just seemed too daunting. A recent week’s holiday when it was cold and wet was the perfect environment – turning those ideas into a workable database. And it worked! 10 years might seem a long time but when you see the end result, the wait was definitely worth it!
The names of the Sellers and Purchasers have now all been added to the Geelong & District database but the detail is what will help people with their research. These links will take you to the Plans showing allotments from the original subdivision for Sections A, B, C, D, E & F. Reports from the Ocean Grove land database are also available in text searchable PDF format for these six sections. These reports will be updated periodically when more Certificates of Title have been added to the database.
Plans and allotments:
- Section A plans
- Section B top plans
- Section B bottom plans
- Section C top plans
- Section C bottom plans
- Section D top plans
- Section D bottom plans
- Section E plans
- Section F left plans
- Section F right plans
Details of address and transactions from database:
- Section A details
- Section B details
- Section C details
- Section D details
- Section E details
- Section F details
We now have 1,519,503 records in the Geelong and District database. This is what’s been added since the last major update on 18 May 2014:
- Old Ocean Grove land titles: sellers and purchasers – 1,180 entries
- Names mentioned in the Geelong Advertiser – 57 entries
- Geelong District: Nurses from the Victoria Government Gazette 1951 – 119 entries
- Geelong Infirmary & Benevolent Asylum: Annual Report 1889 – 1,797 entries
- Geelong and Portland Bay Immigration Society [1845-1846]: Inward migrants ex Tasmania – 769 entries
Details on these indexes can be found in the Geelong & District Potpourri pages.
And don’t forget to search again for your ancestors in the Geelong & District Database – they could have been in the last load of additions!