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Series VPRS 1399
Factory Registration Papers
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Date Range: Series ? 1900 - 1973
  Series in Custody Circa 1900 - 1973
  Contents 1886 - 1973
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1900 - 1916 Chief Secretary's Department VA 475
1916 - 1974 Department of Labour I VA 2874
1954 - 1973 Department of Labour and Industry VA 1027
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2002 - cont Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development VA 4564
Description of this SeriesDescription of this Series
  • How to use the Records
    Files in this series are arranged in numerical order, which roughly corresponds to an order which is alphabetical by name of factory occupant. Check the records description list for VPRS 1399 for the unit containing the files relating to a particular factory.

  • Function / Content
    The series consists of Notifications from occupiers of factories forwarded to the Secretary, Department of Labour, in accordance with Section 49 of the Factories and Shops Act 1885, and subsequent amendments. After 1958, requirements relating to these Notifications were specified by the Labour and Industry Act 1958.

    To be granted registration (approval to operate as a factory) occupants were required to provide details relating to the factory premises, the nature of the work to be undertaken, and the people to be employed therein.

    Details in these records include:

    * materials used in construction of the building
    * means of escape in case of fire
    * number of closets and toilets
    * number of workrooms (including dimensions and fit-out details)
    * number of persons employed in each workroom
    * number of persons employed
    * number of males and females employed
    * nature of the work to be carried out
    * particulars of any mechanical power to be used
    * full name of individual or company occupying premises
    * the address of the premises
    * initial and ongoing registration payments made by successful applicants

    Once these details were submitted, a Factory Inspector visited the premises to check the accuracy of the notification and whether the premises satisfied the requirements of the Act. If everything was in order, registration would be granted upon payment of a registration fee. The record of inspection and payment were recorded on the notification.

    If applications did not meet requirements under the Act, then registration was denied. Applicants had 1 month to appeal this decision.

    The series furnished the raw data from which the Chief Inspector/Secretary was required to produce statistical or summary data on an annual basis concerning the registration function and the premises being registered [Section 13 Factories and Shops Act 1885, Section 17 Labour and Industry Act 1958]

    The series was originally registered as Section 49 Factory Registration Papers, to indicate the section within the Acts that established registration requirements.

    When a factory was being constructed or renovated, occupants were required to submit plans to the Department. For factories constructed or renovated after 1965, these plans can be found in VPRS 10150 Factory Plans Standards.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Each file in this series was allocated a single sequential number. It seems that this number was incorporated into the system some time after the series was created. Originally the files were arranged in alphabetical order by the name of the proprietor of the factory. While evidence of this order remains, there are sections within the series that do not follow.

    The Factories and Shops Act 1958 required a register to be maintained containing summary details for each factory registration. As at August 1999 this register is not in PROV custody and its location is unknown.

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P0000 1886 - 1973 Open 220
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