Yes. The NSW LRS holds records of Changes of Name for the period 1875 to 1996 which were executed by instrument or deed poll.
The records are kept in two separate sets of index books. From 1875 to 1967 they are recorded in the Change of Name Index and from 1967 to 1996 in the Vendors Index, both of which are held in the Old System Deeds Section located in Basement 1 level of the Sydney city office.
From April 1996 changes of name by deed poll were not recorded in the Vendors Index. Changes of name are registered with the NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages.
A change of name of a registered proprietor of an estate or interest in Torrens Title land may be recorded by lodgment of a Change of Name form 10CN (PDF 111KB), together with the current fee.
You can visit the Sydney office and search either in the Change of Name Index or the Vendors Index depending on when the document was registered. Entries are made under both the old and new names. Copies of documents are available (see current fee schedule) Certified copies are also available (see current fee schedule).
Please note that as registration of Instruments of Change of Name was not compulsory your search may not be successful. If you cannot visit the Sydney office you can forward a request to Searching Services by mail or e-mail. You should include as much detail about your search, your address and contact details in case clarification of facts is required. Search Services cannot guarantee that the search will be successful.
Costs apply to the initial search of the Register (including a copy of relevant folio) with additional fees charged per quarter hour for each quarter hour or part of a quarter hour after the first quarter hour occupied in the search. Costs will apply to any additional documents supplied. See schedule of fees for all current charges.
The initial fee (cheque or money order made out to NSW LRS) is payable in advance. This will cover the first half hour of searching. Any search requests should also contain an undertaking to pay any additional fees per quarter hour plus any document costs.
As searches can be complex and time consuming, you should stipulate a limit to the cost of searching. Alternatively payment can be made by your credit card providing you state the name appearing on the card, its number, its expiry date and set the limit in writing.
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