Series 252 - Indenture between Elizabeth Denn and John Burton, and John Ash

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Indenture between Elizabeth Denn and John Burton, and John Ash


  • 1734 (Creation)

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(1930 - 1960)

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The Canberra University College was established by the Canberra University College Ordinance (No. 20 of 1929) of 19 December 1929. In association with the University of Melbourne it provided undergraduate university education in Canberra and took its first students in 1930. Governed by a Council, there was also the Board of Diplomatic Studies 1944-c1947, from 1948 the Board of Studies, from 1951 the Library Committee, and from 1955, the Buildings and Grounds Committee, Finance and Staff Committee, and Joint Committee of the Council and the Board of Studies on the Development of the College. Sir Robert Garran was Chairman of the Council 1930–1953, succeeded by Dr Bertram Thomas Dickson 1954–1960. Professor Herbert (Joe) Burton was Principal 1948–1960 and the Registrar was Thomas Owen 1939–1960. The following departments and disciplines were represented, with many early courses taught by part-time staff: Botany, Chemistry, Classics, English, Geology, History, Law, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Oriental Studies, Pacific Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Statistics and Zoology. In late 1960, the CUC amalgamated (‘associated’) with the Australian National University to become the School of General Studies within the University.

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This original indenture dated 22 July 1734 is handwritten on a page preprinted with the words ‘This Indenture’. It is a lease for land at Childerditch in Essex owned by Elizabeth Denn and John Burton and rented to John Ash for a total of ten shillings with a year’s rent of one peppercorn. It is framed between two sheets of glass and there are windows in the backing to allow annotations on the verso of the document to be read. A transcription has been made of the text, preserving original spelling with expansion of common abbreviations. Its provenance in relation to the University is yet to be fully established, though it is likely to have been donated prior to 1960 as there is a pencil annotation on the backing ‘18/6 CUC’ which appears to refer to the Canberra University College. It hung in the Law Librarian’s office for many years prior to transfer to the Archives.

This Indenture
Made the two and twentyeth day of July in the eighth yeare of the reigne of our
Soveraigne Lord George the Second by the grace of God of Great Britaine France and
Ireland King Defender of the Faith and so forth and in the yeare of our Lord one thousand
seven hundred and thirty four Between Elizabeth Denn of Brentwood in the county of Essex
Widdow Daughter and heire and alsoe Executrix of Christopher Jefferies late of Brentwood aforesaid Apothecary deceased
and John Burton late of Childerditch in the said County of Essex (and now of Great Bursted in the said County) gent
of the one part and John Ash of Great Ilford in the said County of Essex gent of the other part Witnesseth
that the said Elizabeth Denn and John Burton in consideration of Five Shillings apeice to them in hand paid
by the said John Ash at and before the Ensealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby
accordingly acknowledged Have bargained and sold and by these presents Doe bargaine and sell unto the said John
Ash All that Messuage or Tenement and peice of ground and lane and other houses edifices buildings erected and built
upon the same peice of ground or lane with the garden or orchard thereunto adjoyning situate in Childerditch
aforesaid And all that croft of land meadow or pasture called Bayly’s croft late devided into two fields or crofts called
by the names of the Low Meadow and Little Field in the parish of Childerditch aforesaid And all that croft of land
meadow or pasture called Bassett with all and singular houses tenements lands meadowes pastures feedings commons
common of pasture profitts commodityes hereditaments and appurtenances whatsoever thereunto belonging And the
revercon and revercons remainder and remainders rents issues and profitts thereof and of every part and parcell
thereof To have and to hold the said Messuage or Tenement land hereditaments and premisses hereby bargained and
sold or mentioned or intended to be hereby bargained and sold with their and every of their appurtenances unto
him the said John Ash his Executors and Administrators from the feast day of St John the Baptist last past before the date of
these presents for and during and unto the full end and terme of one whole yeare from thence next ensuing and
fully to be compleat and ended Yielding and paying therfore unto the said Elizabeth Denn and John Burton their
heires and assignes the rent of one peppercorn at the Feast of St Thomas the Apostle now next ensuing (if the same shall
be lawfully demanded) To the intent that by vertue of these presents and of the statute for transferring of uses into possession
the said John Ash may be in the actuall possession of the said Messuage or Tenement land hereditaments and premisses with
the appurtenances and be enabled thereby to take and accept of a grant and release of the revercon and inheritance
thereof to him and his heires In Witnesse whereof the said partyes first above named to these present Indentures
interchangeably have sett their hands and seales the day and yeare first above written

[signed] Elisabeth Denn John Burton


Sealed and delivered (being first
duty stamped) in the presence of us
[signed] Daniell Taylor
Char: White

Lease for a yeare from
Mrs Denn and Mr John Burton to
Mr John Ash
Date 22th July 1734


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Prepared by Maggie Shapley on 26 October 2007




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