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Agency VA 1464
Penal and Gaols Branch, Chief Secretary's Department
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Date Range: 1871 - 1960
 
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In 1871, following the establishment of a Royal Commission on Penal and Prison Discipline and under the provisions of The Statute of Gaols Amendment Act 1871, the Penal and Gaols Branch was established within the Chief Secretary's Department (VA 475).

With the proclamation of the Social Welfare Act 1960 (No.6651), the Social Welfare Branch (VA 2784) was established within the Chief Secretary's Department superseding both the Penal and Gaols Branch and the Children's Welfare Department (VA 1467) (also within the Chief Secretary's Department).

For further information about the administration of the prison system see VRG 9 Prisons and Youth Training Centres and VRG 93 Corrections.

Location of Records

For records concerning the administration of prisons, probation and parole see list below and the List of Holdings 2nd edition 1985, sections 3.4.7 (Penal and Gaols Branch), 3.4.8 (Probation and Parole) and 3.16.5 (Chief Secretary's Office). For records of individual institutions see VRG 9 Prisons and Youth Training Centres and section 13.0.0 of the List of Holdings.

 
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? 1857 - 1948 Alphabetical Index to Central Register of Female Prisoners VPRS 10879 North Melbourne Open
? 1871 - Circa 1949 Alias Index Male and Female Prisoners VPRS 514 North Melbourne Part Open
? 1888 - ? 1889 Prisoners Received and Suspects Discharged at Courts of Petty Sessions VPRS 16196 North Melbourne Open
? 1894 - ? 1952 Crown Solicitor's Opinion Book VPRS 6599 North Melbourne Open
? 1895 - ? 1905 Library Register VPRS 511 North Melbourne Closed
? 1904 - ? 1916 Monthly Summary Of Wages and Salaries (DESTROYED) VPRS 10905 Other Not Applicable
? 1951 - ? 1953 Journal Entry Forms (DESTROYED) VPRS 10722 Other Not Applicable
1850 - 1948 Central Register of Male Prisoners VPRS 515 North Melbourne Part Open
1852 - 1929 Register of Officers VPRS 538 North Melbourne Open
1853 - 1885 Register of Seamen Prisoners VPRS 528 North Melbourne Part Open
1854 - 1902 Register of Officers VPRS 10937 North Melbourne Closed
1854 - 1923 Outward Correspondence To Pentridge VPRS 10845 North Melbourne Closed
1856 - 1972 Visiting Justice's Charge Sheets and Reports VPRS 10114 North Melbourne Part Open
1857 - 1948 Central Register of Female Prisoners [Use microform copy: VPRS 516/P1] VPRS 516 North Melbourne Part Open
1859 - 1896 Salaries and Wages Book VPRS 536 North Melbourne Closed
1860 - 1879 Register of Documents Received VPRS 679 North Melbourne Open
1868 - 1947 Alphabetical Index to Central Register of Male Prisoners VPRS 10867 North Melbourne Open
1869 - 1884 Weekly Summaries - Williamstown, Hulks VPRS 10911 North Melbourne Closed
1869 - 1890 Inspector General's Office Circulars VPRS 10849 North Melbourne Closed
1871 - 1873 Prisoner Pay Account Book VPRS 548 North Melbourne Open
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1855 - 1960 Prisons and youth training centres VF 13
- 1960 Probation and parole services (adult) VF 190
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Superior AgenciesSuperior Agencies
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1871 - 1960 Chief Secretary's Department VA 475
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1871 - 1960 His Majesty's Gaol, Pentridge (known as Pentridge Prison) VA 863
1887 - 1960 Sale Prison [also known as Sale Gaol] VA 982
1916 - 1960 McLeod Training Centre [also known as French Island Reformatory Prison; McLeod Prison Farm] VA 2682
1956 - 1960 Fairlea Female Prison VA 926
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1871 - 1960 Chief Secretary VRG 26
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