Friday, October 12, 2007

COPPERPLATE


Even our oldest homes are relatively new. Here is part of a handwritten conveyancing document of March, 1893, dealing with gentlemen of the Northumberland Permanent Building Investment Loan and Building Society of Newcastle in the colony of New South Wales and various other parties.
Four thick, rich pages make up the document which is bound together with black cotton and is marked with a seal at several points. I imagine it went to London because it was witnessed there at 17 Gracechurch Street and was taken to the Notary Public of London
Four months later, two pounds stamp duty, was paid here in Sydney, NSW. The time frame seems quite good considering a very long voyage intervened and that it involved solicitors.

4 comments:

oldmanlincoln said...

I have some older deeds on vellum with seals and such for various plots in London proper. Intereting documents. These are not in copperplate style but in a scribal form then popular among governments of the world. Intereting post.

julia said...

Interesting, I could delve into this as I have no in-debth knowledge. Then the system modernized to Torrens title and the old title deeds became redundant, as I understand it. Nothing fancy now. My document has some big local identies going by the fact that they have been immortalized in street names here.

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