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Series VPRS 10065
Central Correspondence Files - Transport (Conveyance)
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Date Range: Series 1927 - 1979
  Series in Custody 1927 - 1979
  Contents 1927 - 1979
Public Access: 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
1927 - 1979 Education Department VA 714
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1992 - cont Department of Education VA 3098
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    How to Use this Series

    Files in the P1 Consignment have been sorted by Education Department Staff into subject-based files which are believed to reflect policy areas. These are identified by file title on the Records Description List.

    There are two ways to access the P consignment of this series as it contains both registered and unregistered correspondence.

    A) Registered Correspondence

    Consult VPRS 893 Classified Subject Index to Inward Registered Correspondence. Correspondence in this series is most likely to be found under the heading Transport or Conveyance. You will need to browse through the indexes and note the year and registration numbers of items of interest. Consult the Records Description List to identify the unit(s) containing the item(s) in which you are interested. Within each unit the correspondence is arranged in registration number order.

    B) Unregistered Correspondence

    Unregistered correspondence is not controlled by any numbering system.

    Scan the Records Description List to identify units containing correspondence for the year(s) in which you are interested.

    Function / Content

    This series contains correspondence received by the Education Department on transport. If the desired correspondence cannot be located in this series, it may be worthwhile checking the other series of Education Department correspondence held by the Public Record Office, as the series are closely interrelated. See below for further details.

    System of Arrangement and Control

    1. Registration

    Most items of correspondence received by the Education Department were registered.

    Registration of correspondence involves the allocation of a sequential and unique number to an item of correspondence from register.

    The numbering system used by the Education Department for the registration of inward correspondence is known as the annual single number system. This type of numbering has two parts - a year prefix and a sequential number. For example, a letter numbered 87/1294 is the 1,294th letter received in 1887, and so on. The registration number was written on a cover sheet and attached to the letter.

    Registers of correspondence received by the Education Department are found in VPRS 898 Register of Inward Correspondence.

    2. Indexing

    After registration, correspondence was indexed according to a number of subject headings. Once the correspondence had been classified and indexed, the subject it had been classified under was written on the cover sheet. Often a very brief prcis of the letter was also written on the cover sheet.

    Indexes to correspondence received by the Education Department can be found in VPRS 893 Classified Subject Indexes To Central Inward Registered Correspondence. [The volumes registered as VPRS 915 were once part of VPRS 893 but were registered as a separate series at the time of transfer of the first consignment.]

    3. Action

    If a reply had to be written, or action taken, the letter was forwarded to the relevant staff member. They in turn would write instructions known as minutes on the cover sheet and a letter was written, or action taken, accordingly. Once the action was complete the letter was ready to be filed or put away and often the letters PA can be seen on the cover sheets.

    4. Filing

    The physical location in which a letter was filed depended on the subject classification of its content:

    Correspondence relating to specific Primary Schools was filed in school number order and can be found in VPRS 640

    Correspondence relating to specific Secondary Schools was filed in school name order and can be found in VPRS 10249

    Correspondence relating to specific Technical Schools was filed in school name order and can be found in VPRS 9514

    Correspondence relating to Consolidated Schools was filed in school name order and can be found in VPRS 10538

    Correspondence relating to subsidised schools was filed in school name order and can be found in VPRS 3859

    Correspondence relating to Teachers Colleges was filed in college name order and can be found in VPRS 10536

    Correspondence relating to school zoning was filed in school number order and can be found in VPRS 3915

    Correspondence relating to specific Girls Schools (Domestic Arts Schools) was filed in school name order and can be found in VPRS 10274

    General Correspondence relating to departmental administration was filed in registered number order and can be found in VPRS 794

    Correspondence relating to general Technical School matters was filed in chronological order and can be found in VPRS 9515

    Correspondence relating to Scholarships was filed according to the scholarship name or type and can be found in VPRS 10308

    Correspondence relating to general school transport policy was filed according to subject and can be found in VPRS 10065.

    Correspondence relating to School Garden Competitions is found in VPRS 3856.

    Some applications for the establishment of a State School are found in VPRS 3860. Most however, will be found on school building files (see below).

    Correspondence relating to building was filed in several sequences according to school type and school name or number. It can be found in:
    VPRS 3857 (Buildings General Correspondence),
    VPRS 795 (Primary Schools),
    VPRS 3916 (High Schools),
    VPRS 9513 (Technical Schools),
    VPRS 3852 (Manual Training and Cookery Centres),
    VPRS 3854 (Domestic Art Colleges),
    VPRS 3917 (Temporary Premises).

    Later papers relating to building can be found on Capital Expenditure Works (CEW) files which are subsequent series to Building Files. CEW files are listed in the Summary Guide.

    Correspondence concerning policy or of an ongoing nature was sometimes filed separately. These files were known as Special Case Files and can be found in VPRS 892 and VPRS 9516 (Technical Special Case Files).

    5. Serialisation

    The serialisation of these records reflects the order in which they were found. No attempt has been made to physically intersort the records as it is not known when their present format was introduced or by whom.

    It is possible that the staff of the Education Department kept the records in this order and the current serialisation reflects the way they were stored in pigeon holes within the Central Registry of the Education Department.

    Alternatively, the files could have been separated at various times according to changes in departmental structure and associated administrative needs.

    However, the possibility also exists that the files were placed in their present accumulations some time after they ceased to be current. This could have occurred as the non-current records of the department were moved through a number of storage areas.

    6. Top Numbering

    When more than one item of correspondence was received on a particular subject, the earlier papers were often attached to the most recently received correspondence. This is known as top-numbering. Generally, where top numbering has occurred, the index will list the later correspondence numbers next to the entry made for the earlier items of correspondence. The correspondence should be found under the latest number listed.

    7. Exceptions to the Registration Rule

    Not all correspondence was registered. Over time fewer and fewer letters were registered, until gradually the registration of documents (letters) stopped and the registration of whole files began. It is generally correspondence relating to specific schools which is not registered. There are two reasons why this is believed to have happened:

    a) the quantity of correspondence was too great for the resources of the department (over 600 items of correspondence per day)

    b) correspondence relating to specific schools was easily located without the aid of registration or indexing.

    8. Culling and Final Location of Papers

    It is believed that the culling of files was regularly undertaken by Education Department registry staff. It is not known what guidelines were used in this process.

    Correspondence appears to have been moved between filing sequences at various times and correspondence could easily have been misfiled. Consequently, when correspondence cannot be located in the most likely series, it is worthwhile checking other correspondence series.

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Indexes and RegistersIndexes and Registers
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1927 - 1979 Classified Subject Index to Inward Registered Correspondence VPRS 893
1927 - 1979 Register of Inward Correspondence, Annual Single Number System VPRS 898
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0000 1927 - 1960 Open 78
P0001 1944 - 1979 Open 23
Indexes and RegistersIndexes and Registers
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1927 - 1979 Classified Subject Index to Inward Registered Correspondence VPRS 893
1927 - 1979 Register of Inward Correspondence, Annual Single Number System VPRS 898
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