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Mortgage Contract - Property of Robert Willian, Princes Street, Williamstown, 20 Jul 1886 Document Reg. No: HT 32088

Handwritten and printed mortgage, dated July 20, 1886. Robert Willian mortgaged the Princes Street property to E.G. Figg Esq. M.D., for £240.

This document is part of the financial dealings of Robert Willian and others, regarding this same property over the space of eight years. Eventually being unable to make repayments, this piece of land became property of John Howe in 1893.

Robert William was born in what is now Port Melbourne in 1862. Working as a blacksmith for the Victorian Railways from 1880 until 1922, Robert spent his early life in the Williamstown area, later moving to the Ballarat area where he died in 1927.

J K Ogilvie Smith, solicitor, Williamstown, was witness. This contract was drawn up in the same 7 Collins Street West, Melbourne offices, on the same date and time as HT32087, suggesting that these two documents represent a single meeting or event.

Evidently, as soon as the Princes Street property was in Robert Willian's possession, he used it immediately as collateral for a loan, however he could not borrow the original amount paid for the property, referred to in HT32087.

An addition made to this document in1888 verified that the July 1886 deed was accurate, and appears to be a re-conveyance of the Princes Street property from Edward Garland Figg to Robert Willian.
One sheet document folded three times, with title, date and names on cover. One postage stamp on cover and one on reverse cover. Large amount of text printed and written in black ink. Postage stamps and red wax seals on inner pages.
Statement Of Significance:
These documents, and the related personal stories, are significant to the state of Victoria and also to the areas of Williamstown and potentially Ballarat. They represent a single person's financial and personal struggles but also place this man within the larger context of the Depression of the 1890s and the many affected.

Aspects of the lives of the people mentioned in these documents (and their families) represent a community's involvement with events and themes in Australia's history that many feel define the nation, including immigration and a pioneering spirit of adventure, both world wars, the depression of the late 19th century. and the influenza pandemic of the early 20th century.

The documents also suggest a sense of community - both as part of Williamstown's Scottish community and the wider Williamstown community.The men involved in this property's history were workers, doctors, architects, carpenters; rich and poor, yet they were all part of one close and vibrant community, where 'class', in the traditional sense of the word, did not appear to limit people's interactions with one another.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 307 mm (Height), 124 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: blacksmiths, death mourning, railway workers, crime, railway rollingstock, travel, real estate, melbourne hobson s bay railway, doctors, railway workshops, property development, legal documents, militaria england
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Migration Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Robert Willian, Blacksmith (1862-1927), Edward Garland Figg, Scottish Migrant & Doctor (1815-1902), John Howe, English Migrant, Carpenter, Architect & Gentleman (circa 1825-1903), Mark Nelson, Danish Migrant & Carpenter (circa 1858-1923)
Primary Classification: COMMERCE & RETAILING
Secondary Classification: Real Estate
Inscriptions: Front cover title: 'Dated 20th day of July 1886, Robert Willian to E. G. Figg. Esq. M.D., MORTGAGE. RECEIVED into the Office of the Registrar-General of the Colony of Victoria, at Melbourne, the first day of October in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and eighty six at the hour of a quarter to three o'clock in the after noon, a Memorial of the within Deed Numbered three hundred and twenty three (No. 323) Book 324 and verified by James Kennedy Ogilvie Smith of 7 Collins Street West Melbourne Solicitor. (signature of Henry Krone), Deputy-Registrar General'.

Reverse cover title: 'Dated 11th April 1888, Edward Garland Figg to Robert Willian, Reconveyance. Received into the office of the Registrar General of the Colony of Victoria at Melbourne, this twentieth day of April AD 1888 at the hour of forty five minutes past one o'clock in the after-noon a memorial of the within deed numbered Six Hundred and forty three No 643 Book 345, and verified by Henry Hunter of no 90 Chancery Lane Melbourne, Clerk to messrs. Pentland, Roberts and Thompson of the same place. (signature of Henry Krone), Acting Registrar General'.
Person Named: Mr Robert Willian, Williamstown, Victoria, Australia, 1886
Person Named: Dr Edward Figg, Williamstown, Victoria, Australia, 1886

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