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Series VPRS 1411
Index to Inward Registered Correspondence
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Date Range: Series 1851 - ? 1963
  Series in Custody 1851 - 1963
  Contents 1851 - 1963
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
1851 - 1855 Colonial Secretary's Office VA 856
1855 - 1963 Chief Secretary's Department VA 475
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1979 - 1992 Ministry for Police and Emergency Services VA 421
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  • How to use the Records
    Having identified a relevant entry in the index note the correspondence registration number given eg. 55C/943. Refer to VPRS 1186 Registers of Inwards Correspondence. The reference 55C/943 would refer to the 943rd letter (and entry) in the register C for the year 1855.

    Once the entry for that letter has been located in the register the final filing location (and therefore the registration number to search for) should be identified by tracing any links to subsequent correspondence usually marked in the far right hand column of the registers. Any subject classification noted against a relevant entry should also be noted. A list of some of those used is given in the series text for VPRS 1189.

  • Function / Content
    This series consists of an alphabetical index to inward registered correspondence received by the Colonial/Chief Secretary's Department. For more information regarding the registry system these indexes are part of refer to the series description for VPRS 1189 Inward Registered Correspondence.

    Entries within the index note the name of the sender, a short summary of the letter and the correspondence registration number allocated to that letter from VPRS 1186 Registers of Inward Correspondence.

  • Recordkeeping System
    From 1851 to 1858 two volumes were used each year, generally covering 6 month periods. From 1859 a single volume is used each year (except for the years 1862 - 63 were one volume is used for each year.

    Entries within the volumes were arranged alphabetically by name of sender or subject. Letters from "persons" (ie. members of the public) were indexed alphabetically by surname and were grouped together at the end of the appropriate alphabetical section within the index. Letters from rural officials were listed under the name of the locality. Letters from other government officials were listed under the name of the department or the position (ie. Auditor General or Penal and Gaols). Remember that the subject classifications used reflect 19th century ideas, values and attitudes and will not necessarily be analogous with current terminology.

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1851 - 1863 Inward Registered Correspondence I VPRS 1189
1851 - 1957 Supplementary Inward Registered Correspondence VPRS 1226
1852 - 1893 Petitions VPRS 1192
1864 - 1883 Inward Registered Correspondence II VPRS 3991
1874 - 1963 Inward Registered Correspondence IV VPRS 4723
1884 - 1963 Inward Registered Correspondence III VPRS 3992
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0000 1851 - 1963 Open 117
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