Series VPRS 1138
Outwards Letter Book, Road Engineer, Melbourne
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Date Range: Series ? 1858 - ? 1888
  Series in Custody 1858 - 1888
  Contents 1858 - 1888
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1858 - 1871 Department of Roads and Bridges VA 2964
1871 - 1877 Department of Railways and Roads VA 2875
1877 - 1888 Public Works Department (previously the Department of the Commissioner of Public Works) VA 669
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1989 - cont Roads Corporation (also known as VicRoads) VA 2982
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    Consult the Records Description List and the alphabetical indexes at the front of Units which contain them.

  • Function / Content
    The Central Roads Board, the first agency concerned with the construction and maintenance of main roads and bridges, was abolished on 1 January 1858 and succeeded by the Department of Roads and Bridges (VA 2964) which operated under the statutory control of the Board of Land and Works (VA 744). The Department of Railways and Roads (VA 2875) succeeded the Department of Roads and Bridges (VA 2694) in 1872 when the Secretary of the Department of the Railways also became the Secretary of the Department of Roads and Bridges. From 1877, the construction and maintenance of roads and bridges was separated from that of railways and became the responsibility of the Roads and bridges Branch of the Department of Public Works (VA 669), Department of Land and Works (VA 744).

    All of these agencies had Road Engineers located in provincial centres responsible for the execution of contracts, supervision of contractors, and the forwarding of payments, specifications, estimates and plans. This series contains copies of the correspondence, memoranda, reports and financial claims from the Road Engineers stationed at Melbourne to officers of the central agency, contractors and members of the workforce.

    For portion of this period (c1874 1875) it is apparent that the Melbourne officer was also responsible for roads and bridges in Gippsland with VPRS 1138P1 containing a considerable amount of correspondence pertaining to Gippsland. The outwards correspondence for 1874 1875 for Melbourne may be found in VPRS 1133 Outwards Letter Book, Road Engineer Sale and Melbourne. It would seem that the Road Engineer Charles Rowand may have been based in Melbourne at this time, but also had oversight of operations in Gippsland.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Entries were made in chronological order. In some units, accounting records are found in groups at either the beginning or the end of the bound letter-press volume.

    Some units have addressees indexed alphabetically at the front of the volume, whilst others have alphabetical lists of addressees, subjects and offices with the folio (or page) reference.

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P0000 1858 - 1888 Open 10
P0001 1872 - 1874 Closed 0
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