About Us

The Society of Notaries of Victoria is one of the oldest continuous societies in Australia.

The Society represents the practising Notaries Public in Victoria. Notaries are an ancient branch of the legal profession holders of a unique office of trust who have special knowledge and experience in matters which cross international borders and jurisdictions. The Society was founded in 1883, according to Victorian Notary (2018) by Paul J. Cariss.

It is the sole representative body of the Victorian Notariat and part of a national and international network of notariats offering opportunities and events well beyond Victoria in common/civil law.

The Find a Member link will take you to lists of our members.

Like other legal professionals, notaries rely on their clients to provide them with all of the factual details necessary to find a solution to their needs. Usually this will include details or a model/draft of your foreign document known as a notarial act [which may be in public or private form – ask your notary], instructions or advice from overseas and your identity and civil status documents, to name a few.

All of these documents and sometimes more will need to be produced to and as required by the notary.

All information to be found on this site is provided by the Society and is necessarily general. If you have a specific query, you should raise it with a notary during the consultation.

Council Members


John Pearce
(03) 8648 6541

Vice President

Davids Darzins
(03) 9873 0792

Honorary Secretary

Tony French
(03) 9387 2944


Eugene Naidoo
(03) 9762 2094

Immediate Past President

Michael Bula
(03) 9347 8333


Prof Peter Zablud
(03) 9670 4222


Joseph Coleiro
0418 843 803


Gayle Neville-Hill
0438 369 563


Georgia Grammenos
0422 375 299


Adewale Oladejo
(03) 9863 7732

Co-opted Members


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Life Member Notaries

Melvyn Barnett
Phillip Hamilton
Paul Cariss
Prof Peter Zablud

Deceased Life Member Notaries

Don Chisholm (d. 2020)
Lance Woodhouse (d. 2021)