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The Torrens System's Migration to Victoria

Monash University Law Review, Vol. 33, p. 323, 2007

Monash University Faculty of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2007/05

50 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2009 Last revised: 15 Apr 2009

Greg Taylor

University of Adelaide - School of Law; University of Marburg; RMIT University - Graduate School of Business and Law

Date Written: February 19, 2009

Abstract

2008 will see the 150th anniversary of the invention of South Australia's revolutionary Torrens system of lands title registration. it quickly spread from its home to the other Australian colonies. it was introduced in Victoria in October 1862, four-and-a-half years after its adoption in South Australia. While the adoption of the Torrens system in Victoria may, from this historial distance, seem rapid and thus inevitable, it was not without considerable effort that the proponents of the Torrens system in Victoria were able to overcome the tenacious opposition to its introduction from certain lawyers. This article traces the seven stages in the adoption of Torrens in Victoria and shows that the Torrens system succeeded because it was truly the people's cause in Victoria, as it had been in its South Australian home.

Keywords: Torrens system, legal history, land title registration

JEL Classification: K0, K00, K11, K30, K39, K49

Suggested Citation

Taylor, Greg, The Torrens System's Migration to Victoria (February 19, 2009). Monash University Law Review, Vol. 33, p. 323, 2007; Monash University Faculty of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2007/05. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1346730

Greg Taylor (Contact Author)

University of Adelaide - School of Law ( email )

Ligertwood Building
Adelaide 5005, South Australia SA 5005
Australia

University of Marburg ( email )

Universitätsstrasse 24
Marburg, D-35032
Germany

RMIT University - Graduate School of Business and Law ( email )

Melbourne
Australia

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