Series VPRS 1003
Correspondence Files, Land Sales Branch
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Date Range: Series By 1885 - ? 1939
  Series in Custody 1877 - ? 1939
  Contents 1877 - ? 1939
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
By 1885 - ? 1939 Department of Crown Lands and Survey VA 538
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2002 - cont Department of Sustainability and Environment VA 4554
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  • How to use the Records
    Consult series of Registers of Inward Correspondence as outlined below for registered numbers, then consult the Consignment Details for the unit containing numbers within that range.

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    Browse the alphabetical bundle for the file of interest.

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    Obtain a file number from a parish plan and then browse the bundle of files whose date range would cover that number.

  • Function / Content
    This series consists of correpondence files from the Land Sales Branch of the Department of Crown Lands and Survey (VA 538). This Branch dealt with sales and purchases of land whether under various sections of the Land Acts or related to Unused Roads and Water Frontages or under provisions of the Local Government Act or relating to the sale of residence Areas under section 36 of the Mines Act.

    Correspondence in this series was originally registered mainly in VPRS 166 Alphabetical Registers of Inward Correpondence and its subsidiary register VPRS 14263 Register of Inward Correspondence, Land Sales Branch. Upon registration a face sheet was placed on the piece of correspondence giving a summary of the subject, the registered number, the date of receipt and any other file number which was most often the registered number of the previous piece of correspondence on the same subject. This sheet was also used for annotations by officers responsible for actions on the matter and may contain the substance or a rough draft of any reply.

    The file number on the cover sheet was used to record the number of any previous piece of correspondence relating to this subject. All pieces of top-numbered correspondence received on the subject were collated together to form a file. Correspondence on the same subject was placed together for final filing with the number of the last piece of correspondence being the number under which the sequence was filed.

    Records in the P5 consignment consist of alphabetically filed genetral correspondence relating to payments and rents.

  • Recordkeeping System
    All correspondence in this series has an alphanumeric or sequential registration number. The alphanumeric numbers derive, prior to 1896, from registration in VPRS 166 Alphabetical Registers of Inward Correspondence and, for the Land Branch, from the subsidiary register established under that system.

    After 1896, a seqential number registration number derives from registration in either VPRS 3217 Register of Inward Correspondence, Numerical System, Secretary or from VPRS 620 Register of Inward Correspondence, Lands. An alphanumeric number after c1896 derives from registration in series of registers of inward correspondence maintained for individual Land Districts or groups of Land Districts by the Occupation Branch. For example, from 1902 'G" series was for the Melbourne Land District; 'T' series was for the Sale, Bairnsdale and Omeo Land Districts.

    Arrangement in this series is within bundles according to alphanumeric registration number. Items in the bundles are in roughly chronological or file number order.

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1896 - ? 1939 Register of Inward Correspondence, Land Sales Branch VPRS 14319
1896 - 1908 Register of Inward Correspondence, Lands VPRS 620
By 1885 - 1896 Alphabetical Registers of Inwards Correspondence (Refer to Microfilm Copy, VPRS 228) VPRS 166
By 1889 - 1902 Register of Inward Correspondence, Land Sales Branch VPRS 14263
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0000 1885 - ? 1939 Open 4
P0001 1885 - 1911 Open 2
P0002 1890 - 1908 Open 1
P0003 ? 1888 - 1915 Open 1
P0004 1877 - 1910 Open 1
P0005 1894 - 1925 Open 1
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Date Range Series Title Series Number
1896 - ? 1939 Register of Inward Correspondence, Land Sales Branch VPRS 14319
1896 - 1908 Register of Inward Correspondence, Lands VPRS 620
By 1885 - 1896 Alphabetical Registers of Inwards Correspondence (Refer to Microfilm Copy, VPRS 228) VPRS 166
By 1889 - 1902 Register of Inward Correspondence, Land Sales Branch VPRS 14263
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