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Series VPRS 10
Inward Registered Correspondence to the Superintendent of Port Phillip District, relating to Aboriginal Affairs (refer to digitised images available online)
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Date Range: Series 1839 - 1851
  Series in Custody 1839 - 1851
  Contents 1839 - 1851
Public Access: Part Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
Agency which created this SeriesAgency which created this Series
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1839 - 1851 Superintendent, Port Phillip District VA 473
Agency currently responsible for this SeriesAgency currently responsible for this Series
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1985 - cont Aboriginal Affairs, Victoria (known as Department of Aboriginal Affairs 1991-1992) VA 3101
Description of this SeriesDescription of this Series
  • How to use the Records
    This series has been digitised and is now available online.

    To access low-resolution copies of records in this Series, select Consignments under the Accessing the Records tab. Click on the Consignment No. (i.e. P0000) and then browse the descriptions of items in the consignment. Click "Item" next to an item description, then click the "View digitised item" button.

    Due to the high value of the records contained within this series, access to the original records is closed. In addition to the digitised images, a microfilm version of this series exists (VRPS 4467 Aboriginal Affairs Records (Microfilm Copy of VPRS 4409, 10, 11, 4410, 12, 2895, 4399, 4397 4398, 4466, 4412, 4414, 4465, 2897, 2893, 2894, 2896, 4411, 4415, 6760).

    Consult VPRS 17 Index to Correspondence Inwards (Microfilm Copy VPRS 2138) and VPRS 18 Inward Correspondence Registers (Microfilm Copy VPRS 2139) to obtain the annual single number under which the correspondence was filed. Then consult the consignment details for this series under "Accessing the Records" or conduct a search within this series in order to locate the correspondence of interest.

  • Function / Content
    This series contains the inward registered correspondence to the Superintendent of the Port Phillip District exclusively related to aboriginal affairs during the period of the Protectorate system. Correspondence covers all aspects relating to the administration of aborigines and relating to daily life on aboriginal reserves / stations. The majority of the correspondence is from the Chief Protector of Aborigines (G A Robinson), Assistant Protectors (Thomas, Parker, Le Souef, Dredge and Sievewright) and Medical Officers / Dispensers attached to the reserves. A wide variety of subjects is covered including the daily administration of the Protectorate system (appointments, dismissals, requisitions), crime by aborigines, crime against aborigines by white settlers, reports and returns of the Protectorate districts and movements of aboriginal tribes and groups. Also included is correspondence regarding the suspension of Assistant Protector Sievewright and the dismissals of Assistant Protector Le Souef and Doctor Baylie.

    Other correspondence relates to the Buntingdale Aboriginal Mission and the Merri Creek Aboriginal School.

    Correspondence from the Colonial Secretary of New South Wales provides information regarding government policy with respect to aborigines whilst correspondence from the Crown Lands Commissioners and the Surveyor-General provides information on the land aspect - the granting of land for Reserves, boundary disputes and surveys of the reserves.

    Correspondence consists of cream and blue paper folders and single pages. At the front of each letter is recorded the date of registration (in VPRS 18), the registration number and a summary of the subject of the letter.

    Researchers are advised to use VPRS 10 in conjunction with VPRS 19 Correspondence Inwards, VPRS 11 Unregistered Correspondence to the Chief Protector of Aborigines and VPRS 4410 .

    For the period 1847 to 1851 any correspondence relating to the land aspect of aboriginal administration was administered by the Land Branch of the Superintendent's Office and these records may also be consulted. VPRS 44 Inward Registered and Unregistered Correspondence contains more Robinson correspondence for the period covered by VPRS 10 and also James Horsburgh reports for the period 1849 - 1850.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Each item of correspondence has an annual single number allocated in VPRS 18 Inward Correspondence Registers. Originally part of VPRS 19 Registered Inward Correspondence, this series was separated from it when records were transferred to the Surveyor-General's Office when it assumed the aboriginal affairs function in 1856. VPRS 19 still contains some correspondence relating to aboriginal affairs.

    Three sets of copies of these records have been created by PROV. A microfilm copy of these records was created for use in PROV Reading Rooms, which is located in VRPS 4467 Aboriginal Affairs Records (Microfilm Copy of VPRS 4409, 10, 11, 4410, 12, 2895, 4399, 4397 4398, 4466, 4412, 4414, 4465, 2897, 2893, 2894, 2896, 4411, 4415, and 6760). VPRS 10 Inward Registered Correspondence to the Superintendent of Port Phillip District relating to Aboriginal Affairs contains low-resolution, digitised copies of records held within that series, which can be accessed online via the physical records details pages. High-resolution copies are located in VPRS 15067 Inward Registered Correspondence to the Superintendent of Port Phillip District relating to Aboriginal Affairs [Digitised Series - Archival Quality Master]

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Indexes and RegistersIndexes and Registers
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Date Range Series Title Series Number
1839 - 1851 Index to Inward Registered Correspondence [Refer to Microfilm Copy VPRS 2138] VPRS 17
1839 - 1851 Registers of Inward Correspondence [Refer to Microfilm Copy VPRS 2139] VPRS 18
Controlled SeriesControlled Series
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Previous SeriesPrevious Series
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Transfer Date Series Title Series Number
0 - 1839 Inward Registered Correspondence (Refer to Microfilm Copy, VPRS 4729) VPRS 4
Subsequent SeriesSubsequent Series
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0 - 1851 Inward Registered Correspondence I VPRS 1189
0 - 1851 Registered Inward Correspondence to the Superintendent of Port Phillip District from W. Thomas, Guardian of Aborigines and E.S. Parker, Assistant Protector of Aborigines. VPRS 2893
List/s of records in this seriesList/s of records in this series
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0000 1839 - 1851 Closed 11
Indexes and RegistersIndexes and Registers
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Date Range Series Title Series Number
1839 - 1851 Index to Inward Registered Correspondence [Refer to Microfilm Copy VPRS 2138] VPRS 17
1839 - 1851 Registers of Inward Correspondence [Refer to Microfilm Copy VPRS 2139] VPRS 18
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