Series VPRS 11974
Governor's Inward and Outward Correspondence
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Date Range: Series ? 1916 - 1975
  Series in Custody 1973 - 1975
  Contents 1973 - 1975
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
1916 - 1975 McLeod Training Centre [also known as French Island Reformatory Prison; McLeod Prison Farm] VA 2682
Agency currently responsible for this SeriesAgency currently responsible for this Series
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1992 - cont Department of Justice VA 3085
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  • How to use the Records
    Consult the Records Description List for the unit number you require, and the date range of the records within. The inwards and outwards correspondence is arranged in reverse chronological order. Each item of correspondence in this series was registered with a subject-specific number (see explanation below: System of Arrangement and Control).

  • Function / Content
    This series consists of inward and outward correspondence from McLeod Prison Farm (VA 2682). Also known as French Island Reformatory Prison, this agency was created in 1916 under the provisions of the Indeterminate Sentences Act 1907 as an Afforestation Camp. The institution was also known as the McLeod Training Centre. It closed in 1975.

    These records were transferred as a gift from Jack Dihm, former Governor of the French Island Prison. It would appear that this series is the Governors Correspondence Files from this agency. The records contain information on all operations at the prison. Some records contain information on prisoners held at the prison, such as reports on particular prisoners and copies of applications made to the Governor. There are also routine records for prison officers employed at the prison, such as applications for leave, etc.

  • Recordkeeping System
    The records in this series are arranged in reverse chronological order.

    A subject classification system was in use to control the agencys correspondence. The code to subject headings can be found in the inside cover of the folder in which the records are contained.

    An alpha-numeric subject code was assigned to each piece of correspondence as it was received or created. For example E1 Escapes, E2 Equipment, etc.

    This alpha-numeric subject code was the first element in the correspondence number then assigned to each record, eg D3 75- 31. This number consisted of 3 elements: the subject code (D3), the year (75), and a sequential number assigned to each piece of correspondence (31).

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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0001 1973 - 1975 Open 1
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