Victorian Sheriff's Office warrants

Access information from historic warrants issued by the Victorian Sheriff's Office from 1838 to 1919.

Accessing original warrants

'What additional information can I find in the original warrants?'
Details like names, dates, and debtors' and defaulters' places of residence and occupations are included in the index. A small number of the original warrants have additional correspondence or maps attached.

'I have found a reference in the index to warrants and now I want to view an original warrant'
Telephone (03) 8664 7009 or speak to a Librarian in person at the Ask A Librarian desk to place a request to view a warrant. You will need to quote the accession number MS 14521, the box and folder number that you found in the index, and any other details listed that identify the individual warrant - for example: name of person, occupation, date and warrant number. One writ at a time will be issued, not complete boxes or folders.

The warrants are part of the Manuscripts Collection and are housed in the Library's Offsite Store. A request to view a warrant needs to be placed by 4pm at least 2 business days before you want to view the material. Same day requests are not available.

Warrants are delivered to and viewed in the Heritage Collections Reading Room, on Level 2A of the Library. The Reading Room is open from 10am to 6pm each day.

'I have placed a request to view an original warrant, and I want to make a copy of the warrant'
Subject to the condition of the material, self-copying of the warrants is allowed in the Heritage Collections Reading Room. To take your own photographic copy of a warrant, you will need to bring your camera or device.

'I am unable to visit the Library. I would like to obtain a copy of a warrant that I have found in the index'
Go to the catalogue record for the Sheriff's Office collection. Click on 'Order a copy' to access our online order form (fees apply). Make sure you quote the surname, date, box and folder number when you place your order. There is a 15 working day turnaround on copy orders. A link to our copying price list is available on the online order form. You can find further information about copy ordering services at the library on our Ordering copies of collection items help page.

'I want to access warrants that have not been indexed'
We are unable to provide access to warrants that have not been indexed. The warrants are progressively being indexed. Keep checking this website for updates.

'Does the Public Record Office Victoria hold copies of these warrants?'
The Library's records complement the Civil Case Files (VPRS 267) and Civil Action/Cause Books (VPRS 5328) held by the Public Record Office Victoria (PROV).

An index to civil case files is available on microfilm at PROV. This index is not available at State Library Victoria. Residential and occupational details do not appear in PROV's indexes to civil case files, as they do in our index to the Sheriff’s Office records.

Current warrants

This guide relates to historic warrants. For information on outstanding current warrants, contact:

What do warrants look like?

Example of Sheriff's warrant